• AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Grid girl for Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing is seen before the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel

  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 17: General view of tha Red Bull event on November 17, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Andrew Hone/Getty Images)
  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 16: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive wearing a new specially designed Texan themed helmet during practice for the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 16, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel
  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 16: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive wearing a new specially designed Texan themed helmet during practice for the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 16, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel
  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 16: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing drives off track during practice for the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 16, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber
  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 16: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing drives during practice for the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 16, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Webber
  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 16: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner attends the official press conference following practice for the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 16, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Christian Horner
  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing leads the field through the first corner at the start of the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel
  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing leads the field towards turn two at the start of the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel
  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing stops for a pitstop during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel
  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing locks his wheels during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel
  • AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing drives during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel
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