And he did it. Sebastian Vettel is the 2010 Formula One World Drivers Champion!!!
The German driver who had among Alonso and Webber in front of the race realistic world championship chances jumped from P3 to P1 in the standings today.
As you know he needed to win and Alonso had to become 5th or worse to become champ. This scenario seemed a bit difficult to achieve in front of the race as Alonso started 3rd. But already at the start Button passed the Spaniard. So it was only one more car who had to pass Alonso for that Seb becomes champ. But in lap 2 Schumi spun and Liuzzi used the Mercedes as a ramp. The safety car came out for 5 laps. This shouldn’t have played a role in the championship everyone thought… but well Rosberg and Petrov who used the SC phase for an early tyre change stayed in front of Alonso even after the Spaniard went in for his tyre change too. Kubica stayed out very long on his first set of tyres and Hamilton bit his teeth of on the Renault driver until Kub went to get new tyres. And surprise surprise, even Kubica went out in front of Alonso. And the Spaniard stucked after his pit stop all the time behind Petrov. The Russian did his best by helping Vettel to make his dream come true!! And for sure after the race Alonso wasn’t very happy about that he couldn’t pass him and showed it to Vitaly by a not nice hand gesture on the in lap.
While all that happened, Seb controlled the race and finally grabbed his first World Championship lead at the absolute right moment: the last race of the season!
I think Seb absolutely deserves to be the champion. It was an extreme tough season for him with very much bad luck and UNRELIABILITY!!! But at the end no penalties, car problems or crashes could ruin his first WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP !!
Now there must be a big Party and already tomorrow Seb and his team go to the Hangar 7 in Salzburg to appear in the TV-Show “Sport und Talk im Hangar 7” on the Austrian Red Bull owned channel Servus Tv. The show starts tomorrow at 9.05 pm (you can see here how you can receive it http://www.servustv.com/cs/Satellite/About-ServusTV-empfangen/001259299587747?p=1259088496182 and there is also a live stream on the website http://www.servustv.com and if you miss it, dont worry usually u can watch the videos later too).
Well now the season is over… But the break to the first preparations for the 2011 season is short and starts with the young drivers tests already on Tuesday! For the other drivers the break lasts until the end of the week when they’ll do a Tyre test at Abu Dhabi.
I hope you enjoyed this very thrilling season as much as me and I hope that you won’t be too sad in the hard winter month where we have to live without f1 😉 And if your withdrawal symptoms start already now, cheer up because it is the Race of Champions in just 2 weeks time.
P.S.: Have a nice celebration all Seb fans 😀