Vettel and Red Bull crowned champions by the FIA

Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing were officially crowned 2013 Formula 1 drivers’ and constructors’ champions at the FIA prize-giving gala in Paris on Friday night.11241856446_0b0562d741_c

Vettel was presented with his fourth FIA Formula One World Championship trophy by FIA president Jean Todt. Despite dominating 2013, winning 13 races and only failing to finish off the podium three times, the 26-year-old said it wasn’t an easy season.

“When I think of the times I’ve experienced with the team over the last few years, it’s incredible,” said Vettel. “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 Racing team principal Christian Horner accepted the constructors’ trophy and said the team never expected to be able to keep up their incredible run of consecutive world championships.

“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,” he 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.”

 Image courtesy of the FIA

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