So, that was the 2012 Formula One season and it was a top notch edition. The Brazilian GP contained all the drama from the previous 18 races. Rain, crashes, wrong tire choices, overtaking, safety cars and a fight to the end for victory.
After 71 laps through debris and rain Jensen Button won the race, but the real attention was focussed on whether Sebastian Vettel or Fernando Alonso would be crowned Formula One 2012 World Champion. Vettel was in a better position in the championship and on the grid, but after only 3 corners he was pushed back to last place when Bruno Senna thought he was his famous uncle and crashed into Vettel’s Red Bull. However, with some smart driving Vettel was back in contention and right on Alonso’s tail by the middle of the race. In the end Alonso finished second behind Button, but Vettel’s sixth place was enough to make him the youngest triple world champion ever.

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Vettel, Schumacher and Alonso attend a news conference at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

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A mechanic prepares the car of Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany at their garage at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

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A mechanic prepares the car of Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain at their garage at Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One mechanic marks tyres at the Interlagos racetrack to prepare for Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix F1 race in Sao Paulo. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

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Workers put up the background of the Formula One podium at the Interlagos racetrack to prepare for Sunday's Brazilian F1 Grand Prix race in Sao Paulo. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany walks with his teammates at the Interlagos racetrack to prepare for Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix F1 race, in Sao Paulo. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany and his teammate Webber of Australia pose during a photo call at the Interlagos racetrack in preparation for Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix F1 race, in Sao Paulo. PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany sits in his car before the start of the first free practice session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Hamilton of Britain powers his car during the first free practice session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso sits in his team's garage before the start of the first free practice session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany drives his car during the first free practice session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany drives his car during the first free practice session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso of Spain drives his car during the first free practice session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany drives his car during the first free practice session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

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Mercedes Formula One driver Schumacher of Germany drives his car during the first free practice session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain and Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drive during the second free practice session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

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Marussia Formula One driver Glock of Germany drives his car during the second free practice session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

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Mercedes Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany powers his car during the second free practice session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain and Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany power their car during the third free practice session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany powers his car during the third free practice session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel is seen in the garage during the third free practice session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

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A flag in support of Mercedes Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany is seen next to fans during the third free practice session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Hamilton of Britain powers his car during the third free practice session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain powers his car during the third free practice session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain powers his car during the qualifying session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after taking the pole position in the qualifying session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo . RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia, McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button of Britain pose for photos after the qualifying session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia is reflected against the Red Bull logo after the qualifying session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany is chased by journalists after the qualifying session of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo . PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS

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Mercedes Formula One driver Schumacher and teammate Rosberg pose during a photo call before the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel of Germany is surrounded by the media as he arrives at Interlagos circiut to the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain sits in the McLaren box before the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS

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Formula One drivers pose for a group photo before the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany gets ready for the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives ahead of the pack at the start of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives ahead of the pack at the start of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Hamilton takes a turn at the start of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix . PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Hamilton takes a turn ahead of Ferrari Formula One driver Massa and team mate and compatriot Button at the start of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives ahead of team mate and compatriot Jenson Button of Britain during the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix . SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives during the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo . SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives ahead of team mate and compatriot Jenson Button of Britain during the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix . PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain drives ahead of team mate Felipe Massa of Brazil during the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Webber spins out and is hit by Sauber Formula One driver Kobayashi Japan and Force India Formula One driver di Resta during the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives past team mate Mark Webber of Australia after Webber spun out during the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives his damaged car during the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives during the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain skids off the track during the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain drives during the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain drives ahead of Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia during the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives during the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Force India Formula One driver Paul di Resta of Britain crashes during the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain drives during the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates winning the world championship after finishing sixth in the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates winning the world championship with his team after finishing sixth in the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix . SERGIO MORAES/REUTERS

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Second placed Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso, race winner McLaren driver Button and third placed Ferrari driver Massa spray champagne as they celebrate on the podium after the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix. PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates winning the world championship on the podium with his team after the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix . RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS

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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates winning the world championship with his team after the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix . PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS