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Thu Apr 17 06:14:08 SAST 2014

'I cried under my helmet': Vettel

Jens Marx, Sapa-dpa | 27 November, 2012 13:210 Comments
F1 Grand Prix of Brazil
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates with teammates on the podium after he clinched his third consecutive drivers world championship during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Image by: Paul Gilham / Getty Images

Sebastian Vettel said he wept after winning his third Formula One world title in a row in Sao Paulo at the weekend.

“I cried under my helmet,” he told the daily Bild in an interview published on Tuesday, adding: “thank God the radio was broken so nobody could hear my wailing like in 2010.” 

“Right up until the end I really didn’t know if it would be enough,” the 25-year-old German added.

He became the third Formula One driver to complete the hattrick on Sunday.

In the final stages of the race “I saw images from much earlier, when I was a child sitting in a go-kart ... it was like in Abu Dhabu in 2010,” the Red Bull driver said. “And at the same time you’re still in the middle of the race.”

Two years ago Vettel won the final race of the season to secure the world title — his first — while on Sunday he came sixth, enough to push Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso into second place.

He rejected media comparisons with superstar German driver Michael Schumacher, who won the world title seven times.

“Schumacher’s records are still unbelievably far away. Comparing me to him is nonsense,” he said.

Vettel also said he did not want to be a role model.

“Of course I’m in the spotlight and of course people have expectations. I’m not a saint but I was brought up to be honest ... I want to look in the mirror and say: ’I like what I see’. And I can do that.”

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