Vettel collects Drivers' trophy at FIA Gala
7 December 2012 – Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull were officially presented with their Formula One World Championship trophies at the FIA Prize Giving Gala in Turkey on Friday evening, having sealed three successive Drivers' and Constructors' titles in 2012.
"It’s a fantastic feeling to be here and to be able to take this trophy back home for another year," said Vettel. "As I said last time, it isn’t something you want to give back. Winning the title with Red Bull three times in a row makes us all feel very proud.
"This was a season with lots of ups and downs and the team had to push hard to get me over the line. In the garage and at the factory everyone did an incredible job, and the support we had from (engine supplier) Renault was also great."
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Lotus driver Kimi Räikkönen also picked up trophies, the pair finishing second and third respectively this season. FIA President Jean Todt and Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone were on hand to present the awards.
Ex-Formula 1 driver David Coulthard hosted the event at Istanbul's Ciragan Palace, with the Scotsman being joined on stage by Turkish broadcaster Ece Vahapoğlu.
FIA Prize Giving Gala in Istanbul