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Everything that could go wrong for Sebastian Vettel went wrong at the season-finale title-decider at the Brazilian Grand Prix but at the end the Red Bull driver got the right result.
In a race that played out in wet conditions, the German was facing the wrong way on the opening lap with other cars coming his way, swerving to take evasive action after he collided with Bruno Senna’s Williams at Turn 4.
“BOOM and I was the car that he used to stop himself. They didn't help us,” Vettel said as he described the incident.
The contact damaged the Red Bull with Vettel pointing out that it was difficult for him to go through the field as a result.
“I looked at the floor and it didn't look nice. I'm quite happy because I could continue,” he said.
But that wasn’t the end of his problems.
"Then we lost radio, we probably did the pit stop at the wrong time. I went on another set of dries; a lap later it started to rain. Came in for inters, the inters weren't ready because we had no radio communication, they couldn't hear me,” he said.
However, with title-rival Fernando Alonso finishing second, a sixth place was enough for an emotional Vettel to clinch his third straight championship.
“To win a third title, especially here where one of my heroes Ayrton Senna was from, it's difficult to put into words,” he said. “I was crying in the car but my radio wasn't working, so I'm maybe happy for that!"
He added that he never gave up despite the difficulties he faced right from the opening lap, a race which he started from fourth but lost positions on the first corner as the field squeezed in.
“I had a very smart guy who once told me the hardest thing was winning after winning, because you get the attention, you get the pressure but you focus on how to win again, rather than focusing on the small steps it takes. That's what I always try to remember myself or remind the guys in the team,” he said.
Vettel also slammed his rivals for playing “dirty tricks” but refused to expand on it as it would only serve as a distraction.
“For me it's always most important that you're happy with what you see in the mirror and you're honest to yourself, because what's the point in trying to fake or pretend being something else?
“You are always the first one to notice, you're always the first one to know if you are cheating yourself,” he continued. “In that way, I think it was because people tried everything, inside the lines, outside the lines, to beat us and the amount of questions we had to deal with, stuff we had to deal with throughout the season didn't make our lives easier.
“I'm not holy, I make mistakes like everyone else but I think the way I was brought up was to be honest and admit if you do something wrong,” he added.