Sebastian Vettel has won the F1 drivers championship for the second year in a row.
Third place in the Japanese Grand Prix confirmed Vettel as the champion with four races to spare.
Vettel’s achievement, at the age of 24 years and 98 days, makes him the youngest driver to win two world championships.
He is the first driver to win back-to-back championships since Fernando Alonso in 2006.
See the current points standings in full here:
F1 world champions by country
Vettel’s win means more championships have now been won from drivers from Germany than any other nation besides Great Britain.
Whereas ten different British drivers have claimed the crown the nine championships won by German drivers belong to Vettel and Michael Schumacher – and all were won in the last 17 years.
|1||Britain||14||Mike Hawthorn, Graham Hill (2), Jim Clark (2), John Surtees, Jackie Stewart (3), James Hunt, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button|
|2||Germany||9||Michael Schumacher (7), Sebastian Vettel (2)|
|3||Brazil||8||Emerson Fittipaldi (2), Nelson Piquet (3), Ayrton Senna (3)|
|4||Argentina||5||Juan Manuel Fangio|
|5||Australia||4||Jack Brabham (3), Alan Jones|
|5||Austria||4||Jochen Rindt, Niki Lauda (3)|
|5||Finland||4||Keke Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen (2), Kimi R?â?ñikk?â?Ânen|
|9||Italy||3||Giuseppi Farina, Alberto Ascari (2)|
|10||United States||2||Phil Hill, Mario Andretti|
|12||New Zealand||1||Denny Hulme|
|12||South Africa||1||Jody Scheckter|
2011 Japanese Grand Prix
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- Kobayashi greets the fans, Vettel does doughnuts: Suzuka videos
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- 2011 Japanese Grand Prix: complete race weekend review
- Vote for your Japanese Grand Prix driver of the weekend
- Red Bull: Conservative approach delivers Vettel’s title
- McLaren: Button pleased to win on ‘Red Bull track’
- Ferrari: Alonso edges Vettel for second
- Mercedes: Schumacher closes on Rosberg’s tally
- Renault: Petrov makes progress, Senna slips back
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