• SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren leads the field into turn one at the start of the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

  • McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, front, of Britain, steers his car ahead of Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, fourth from right, and Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, second from left, during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • Pilots speed their cars after the start of the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren leads the field through turns one and two at the start of the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, third from left, and Lotus' driver Kimi Raikkonen, right, speed their cars among the pack during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing spins after being involved in an incident with Bruno Senna of Brazil and Williams during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • Williams driver Bruno Senna of Brazil (19) crahses with Sauber driver Sergio Perez of Mexico as Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany spins during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Vettel finished sixth and became F1's champion for the third time.(AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany spins during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Vettel finished sixth and became F1's champion for the third time.(AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Force India leads from Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing and Felipe Massa of Brazil and Ferrari during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren drives on his way to winning the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren drives on his way to winning the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing leads a train of cars through turn one during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP drives in his last race during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, drives past his teammate Mark Webber, rear, of Australia, who briefly lost control of his car during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button, front, of Britain, steers his car ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, of Spain, during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Button under pouring rain. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, returns to the garage during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Hamilton was leading in his final race with McLaren when Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg crashed into him on a slippery track with 17 laps to go. (AP Photo/Yasuyoshi Chiba, Pool)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain drives among fragments of the car of Force India driver Paul di Resta of Britain behind the safety car during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • Williams driver Pastor Maldonado, of Venezuela, walks off his car after crashing on a curve during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • McLaren Mercedes drivers Jenson Button, front left, and Lewis Hamilton, front right, both of Britain, pose for an official team photo prior to the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • ALTERNATIVE CROP OF XRM138 - Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain goes briefly off the track during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
  • Red Bull driver Mark Webber, left, of Australia, looses control of his car after colliding with Sauber driver Sergio Perez of Mexico, right, during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, center, steers his car among fragments of the car of Force India driver Paul di Resta of Britain during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Vettel finished sixth and became F1's champion for the third time. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, steers his car ahead of Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, of Brazil, during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Vettel overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain steers his car ahead of Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Alonso finished second and Vettel sixth and became F1's champion for the third time.(AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia, back, steers his car after colliding during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
  • Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi, of Japan, steers his car during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain goes briefly off the track during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain breaks his car during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • Force India driver Paul di Resta of Britain crahses during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, from Germany, finished sixth and became F1's champion for the third time.(AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • Force India driver Paul di Resta, of Britain, gets off the track during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • Force India driver Paul di Resta, of Britain, walks off his car after crashing during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • Force India driver Paul di Resta of Britain leaves his car after crashing during the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
  • Teammates greet Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain after he finished second in the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, finished sixth to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday. Vettel did what he needed to hold off Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, the only other driver contending for the title. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates as he sits on his car after the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Vettel overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain.(AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
  • ALTERNATIVE CROP OF XRM163 - Mercedes Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher of Germany, right, greets Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany after the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Vettel overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain.(AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, celebrates after the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Vettel overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain, center, Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, left, and Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, of Brazil, stand at the podium of the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Race winner Jenson Button (2nd R) of Great Britain and McLaren, second placed Fernando Alonso (L) of Spain and Ferrari, third placed Felipe Massa (R) of Brazil and Ferrari and McLaren Director of Engineering Tim Goss (2nd L) celebrate on the podium following the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button of Britain lifts the trophy after winning the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Button under pouring rain. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, of Spain, gestures at the end of the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, finished sixth to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday. Vettel did what he needed to hold off Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, the only other driver contending for the title. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, of Spain, celebrates his second place at the podium of the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, finished sixth to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday. Vettel did what he needed to hold off Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, the only other driver contending for the title. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari reacts on the podium after finishing second in the race and second in the drivers world championship following the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Team mates celebrate as Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing crosses the line to finish in sixth position and clinch the drivers world championship during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, center, of Germany celebrates with Red Bull's Technical Chief Adrian Newey, left, and Team Principal Christian Horner after the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Vettel overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, center, of Germany celebrates with the team after the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Vettel overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, center, of Germany celebrates with members of his team after the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Vettel overcame a first-lap crash to clinch his third straight Formula One championship title on Sunday, finishing sixth in an incident-filled Brazilian Grand Prix won by Jenson Button under pouring rain. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates with team mates on the podium as he finishes in sixth position and clinches the drivers world championship during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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