Sebastian Vettel takes first ever Formula One title
Young German driver Sebastian Vettel has claimed his first ever Formula One drivers' title, following his win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix over the weekend.
Vettel was third favourite to take the title, behind Red Bull teammate Mark Webber and title former title favourite, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.
The 23-year-old managed to lead the race from pole position, going to on to become to the sport's youngest ever champion.
Alonso could only manage to pick up seventh position from the race in Abu Dhabi, while Australian driver Weber finished in eighth place.
The 2010 has been one of the most fiercely fought competitions in recent memory, with no less than five drivers vying for the top spot until the closing three races of the season.
McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button put in strong performances to finish the season on a high, taking second and third place respectively, however, they lost their grip on the championship in the previous races, with Button having no chance of taking the title and Hamilton with only a marginally brighter prospect.
Vettel finished the season with 256 points, four clear of his Spanish rival and 14 ahead of his team-mate Webber.
The young driver was not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve when it came to expressing how he felt about his triumph.
"I'm a bit stressed to be honest, I don't know what I'm supposed to say," gushed Vettel.
"It's been an incredible year, we've always kept believing in the team, and the car, and I have kept believing in myself.
"I'm speechless! The car was phenomenal. The start was crucial, and it was very tight with Lewis, but after that it settled down."
After his performance this season, bet365, Stan James and BlueSQ offer 5/2 odds that Sebastian Vettel will go on to win next season's F1 drivers' championship.