Button wins in Brazil, Vettel wins championship

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Updated: November 25, 2012

Sebastian Vettel won the Formula One world championship for the third successive year on Sunday in a rain-lashed and incident-packed Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.

McLaren’s Jenson Button won the season-ending race but Red Bull driver Vettel’s sixth-place finish was enough to make him the youngest ever triple world champion.

Fernando Alonso of Ferrari, the only driver who could deny Vettel the title, finished in second place as the grand prix finished behind the safety car. Team mate Massa came home in third.

But Vettel clinched the 2012 crown by just three points.

1. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:45:22.656
2. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari +00:02.754
3. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 00:03.615
4. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 00:04.936
5. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India – Mercedes 00:05.708
6. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull – Renault 00:09.453
7. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 00:11.907
8. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 00:28.653
9. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber – Ferrari 00:31.250
10. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus – Renault 1 lap
11. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Caterham – Renault 1 lap
12. Charles Pic (France) Marussia – Cosworth 1 lap
13. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1 lap
14. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Caterham – Renault 1 lap
15. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1 lap
16. Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia – Cosworth 1 lap
17. Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT – Cosworth 2 laps
18. Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT – Cosworth 2 laps
19r. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India – Mercedes 3 laps
r. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 17 laps
r. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus – Renault 66 laps
r. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams – Renault 70 laps
r. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber – Ferrari 71 laps
r. Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams – Renault 71 laps