Vettel inspired by Raikkonen win

Germany's Sebastian Vettel, who has become the youngest ever Formula One champion, says his triumph was inspired by Kimi Raikkonen's remarkable comeback three years ago.

The Red Bull driver, who was trailing by 25 points after his engine failure at the Korean Grand Prix, won the final two races this season and the driver's championship with it.

At 23 years 135 days, he is now the youngest champion in F1 history - breaking the record of Lewis Hamilton who was 166 days older when he claimed the title in 2008.

Vettel said that ahead of his race he reminded himself of Raikkonen securing the 2007 title by a single point in the final race of the season. The Finn's chances were even more distant as he was 17 points behind Hamilton with only 20 up for grabs.

"Prior to the race I was thinking about Kimi's situation," said Vettel. "But I faced a little bit of a similar situation. What he achieved three years ago was very special because no-one thought it was possible."

He added: "Obviously we were in a stronger position in terms of how many points were missing. But if you know Kimi, you know the one big advantage he has is that he just does his own thing, which was my target all weekend long.

"He proved us wrong, but the circumstances were special, the same as with me."

Following his victory, Vettel initially claimed he was "speechless", only to subsequently open his heart. Vettel's words were certainly heartfelt as he proceeded to thank a variety of people with a speech that was Oscar-like in its depth.

Overall, there was unsurprising pride at joining the list of the all-time greats, adding: "We have one guy in the team who knows all the world champions of every year since 1950.

"Just ask him the year and he gives you the world champion, so to be on that list now with drivers like (Ayrton) Senna and Michael (Schumacher), those two guys, I mean...I don't know.

"I'm just happy to put my name down on the list."

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