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It's getting to be a familiar scene, much like during the Ferrari/Schumacher era of the early 2000s, as Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing pick up their championship trophies for the third successive year.
Vettel, was joined by Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, who picked up their trophies for finishing runner-up and third in the 2012 title fight, the Finn, who had made no secret of his desire not to have to attend the ceremony, breaking with the black tie convention.
Receiving his trophy from FIA President Jean Todt, Vettel said: "It's a fantastic feeling to be here tonight and to be able to take this trophy back home for another year.
"As I said last time, it isn't something you want to give back," he continued. "Winning the title with Red Bull Racing 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 Renault was also great."
"This is a phenomenal achievement for our team," added Christian Horner. "The hard work and the dedication this year have been exemplary - but I think hard work and dedication have been common up and down the pitlane in this fantastic Formula One season.
"It didn't seem possible we could raise our game after last year but I think we have. The team have used every scrap of their skill and ingenuity, they've had the courage of their convictions and have refused to buckle under the most enormous pressure. I'm honoured to collect this trophy on their behalf."
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