By Alex Kapadia
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel claimed his second consecutive Formula One World Championship title at the Japanese Grand Prix today on Pirelli tyres.
The German racer is the youngest double world champion in Formula One history and the ninth driver to win two titles in a row.
Vettel clinched the title, despite coming third behind winner Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.
As anticipated, tyre wear was a crucial factor in Japan, due to the flowing nature of the track and high lateral loads, the top three drivers all stopped three times. Their first three stints were on the P Zero Yellow soft tyre, followed by a much longer stint on the P Zero White medium tyre to take advantage of the extra durability of the harder compound on a lighter fuel load.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, said: “First and foremost I’d like to congratulate Sebastian Vettel on becoming the first world champion on Pirelli tyres on our return to Formula One.
“He’s been on unstoppable form all year and it comes as no surprise to see him achieve his second world title here today.
“We’d also like to congratulate Jenson Button for a well-deserved victory against very tough competition.
“The drivers should take all the credit today for putting on a fantastic race but from our point of view we’re happy with the way that the tyres stood up to an extremely demanding circuit, with two to three pit stops as we expected and degradation within the usual limits.”