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Champions receive FIA trophies

ESPN Staff
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It's the third consecutive year that Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull have received the trophies © FIA

Sebastian Vettel and Christian Horner received the drivers' and constructors' championships respectively at the FIA prize-giving gala in Istanbul.

It's the third consecutive year that both Vettel and Red Bull have claimed the crowns, with Fernando Alonso present to receive his trophy for second in the drivers' championship and Kimi Raikkonen picking up the third place award. Vettel said he was "very proud" to become a triple world champion and praised his team for helping him defend his title.

"It's a fantastic feeling to be here tonight and to be able to take this trophy back home for another year," Vettel said. "As I said last time, it isn't something you want to give back. 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."

Team principal Christian Horner praised his Red Bull team for ensuring it was eventually successful in one of the closest seasons for many years.

"This is a phenomenal achievement for our team," Horner said. "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 pit lane 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."