Jenson Button won the Grand Prix of Brazil while Sebastian Vettel took home his third consecutive Formula One World Championship on a soggy, emotional day at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace (formerly Interlagos) in São Paulo, Brazil on Sunday.
Button, who won the first race of the season in Melbourne, Australia, held off Fernando Alonso (2.754 seconds behind) and Felipe Massa (3.615) for the checkered flag:
Vettel, who was involved in a first-lap crash and had an extended stay in pit row, was able to recover and finish in sixth place, earning eight points. It was enough to cover the 18 points earned by Alonso in second place and edge him out, 281-278, for the Formula One Championship. In doing so, he becomes F1's youngest three-time champion at age 25.
Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 Formula One champion and member of McLaren's racing team since 2007, had pole position and led the race as late as Lap 54, when Nico Hulkenberg lost control of his car in Turn 1 and crashed into Hamilton, forcing him from the race:
Lewis returns to the VMM pit garage and gets a standing ovation from everyone. RESPECT.
— McLaren (@TheFifthDriver) November 25, 2012
This was Hamilton's final race for McLaren, who will be moving to Mercedes for the 2013 season.
Here are the results of the season finale as well as the Formula One Championship results—bringing an end to an outstanding season of Formula One racing.
2012 Brazil Grand Prix Results
Check out full results here (via ESPN.com)
|Position||Driver||Manufacturer||Time Behind (seconds)|
Formula One Championship Standings
Check out full leaderboard here (via Autosport.com)