Sebastian Vettel is presented with his World Championship trophy at the FIA Gala Awards

Sebastian Vettel has wrapped up his outstanding title defence by receiving the Drivers’ World Championship trophy at last night’s FIA Prize-Giving Gala at the appropriately-named Kingdom of Dreams facility in New Delhi.

The back-to-back World Champion – the youngest in the sport’s history – received the silverware from FIA President Jean Todt, while Jenson Button and Mark Webber were presented with their trophies for finishing second and third respectively in this year’s championship standings.

Vettel’s championship defence was nothing short of extraordinary. He led the title race from start to finish. He claimed a record fifteen pole positions and eleven wins, and only finished off the podium on two occasions all year.

“It’s great to be here in India at the FIA Gala to collect my second Drivers’ Championship Trophy,” Vettel said when receiving his trophy.

“I have had the trophy in my house all year and didn’t want to give it back, so this means a great deal to me. It’s hard to put into words how it feels to win again; the team stayed focused and made few mistakes and I would like to thank them for all their impressive efforts. I would also like to thank Renault who worked so hard all year. The history of Formula One means a lot to me and it’s special to know that we are now somehow a part of that.”

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner also collected the Constructors’ World Championship trophy from Bernie Ecclestone.

“It’s phenomenal what the team has achieved this year,” said Horner upon receiving the Constructors’ Trophy.

“To win 12 races and take 18 pole positions and 27 podiums to defend our title is something we are very proud of. I would like to thank every member of the team, including Mark and Sebastian for all their hard work. Receiving the award tonight is fantastic and a great end to what has been an incredible year. Seb’s achievement of becoming a double Formula One World Champion is incredible; the fact he is the youngest ever to do this is testament to the exciting young talent that he is.”

[Image via The Hindu]

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