Vettel crowned by the FIA in Paris
Sebastian Vettel was officially presented with his world championship trophy at the FIA prize-giving gala in Paris on Friday night.
In dominant run of form, Vettel won eight consecutive races after the summer break to secure his fourth world championship as Red Bull also made it four constructors' titles in a row. Vettel said that both he and the team have a similar approach to racing which has been the key to its success in recent years.
"When I think of the times I've experienced with the team over the last few years, it's incredible," Vettel said. "It's a pleasure to jump in the car each weekend and to try and give it all I have. I'm pushing very hard along with the team and what makes us strong is that we love what we do and we're passionate about racing.
"This year was not an easy season, but to overcome that and give the answer on the track makes me very proud. I don't have words to describe how incredible it is to retain the drivers' championship for another year, I would like to say a huge thank you to the team and everyone who supported me."
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner accepted the constructors' trophy and said the team had never expected to be able to sustain its run of titles.
"Winning a fourth FIA Formula One world champion constructors' title this year is something that the team could only have dreamt of when we began our first season in 2005," Horner said. "What has gone into this achievement should not be underestimated; the whole team has worked together with enormous commitment and determination.
"When we won the Championship for the first time, the pressure was to defend it. We defended it and then retained it. Having achieved the triple, you think it doesn't get any better than that and the likelihood of doing a quadruple double just seemed statistically unlikely, if nothing else. But the passion, the determination and the dedication within the whole team, along with the way that Sebastian and Mark delivered this year, has been absolutely phenomenal."
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