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Vettel races to Formula One record

SAO PAULO – Sebastian Vettel yesterday created history by becoming the youngest ever triple champion in Formula One after finishing sixth at the chaotic season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix, which was won by McLaren’s Jenson Button under challenging slippery conditions.

It was a hat-trick of titles for the 25-year-old German, who had come into the last race of the season with a 13-point over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and pipped his closest rival by just three points.

Red Bull’s Vettel had 281 points after the 20th and final round while Alonso, who drove splendidly to finish second at the race had 278.

Vettel overcame a horrendous start, where he endured a lap 1 accident which pushed him to back of the grid, to finish a superb sixth and become only third driver in F1 history to won three consecutive drivers title.

Vettel erased record of legendary Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna, who had become the youngest triple champion at the age of 31 years and 227 days. Senna, who died in an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994.

Senna won the drivers’ championship in 1988, 1990, 1991.


Hatton loses comeback bout

MANCHESTER – Ricky Hatton said he felt “happy” in retiring after the former world champion’s comeback bout against Vyacheslav Senchenko ended in a ninth round knockout defeat Saturday night.

A tearful Hatton admitted at a press conference he had painfully discovered he was no longer a force at elite level after sinking to his knees from a left to the kidneys in a non-title welterweight bout at the Manchester Arena.

It was an outcome that became increasingly likely as the fight went on and the 34-year-old Briton was an easy target for his Ukrainian opponent.

Hatton, roared on by a passionate crowd of 20,000 in his home city, kept missing with air-shots whereas former World Boxing Association world champion Senchenko hardly missed at all from the seventh round onwards.

This defeat meant former world light-welterweight and welterweight champion Hatton had been counted out in his last two fights, after being knocked out by Filipino ace Manny Pacquiao in May 2009.

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