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The Year of the Finger – Vettel’s Journey to the Title

Published 9th October 2011 - Written by Adam Le Feuvre
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2011 has seen great racing, with many Sunday afternoons featuring superb, edge-of-the-seat action. Throughout it all one man has dominated: 9 victories from the first 14 races isn’t bad, is it? Now, at round 15 in Japan, he’s become the 2011 World Champion, making him the youngest double-title winner in Formula 1 history.

The only thing that has been as consistent as his car’s performance this season has been his celebration. Yes, you guessed it, it’s Sebastian Vettel’s “the finger”, and here’s our special tribute to him (and it!) in pictures – welcome to The Year of the Finger.

Australia – the first finger of the year points high into the sunset skyline around Melbourne.

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Malaysia – a second race and a second win – the finger comes back again

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China – there’s a surprising lack of finger action due to Hamilton’s victory, instead a half-hearted smile

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Turkey – back on top and tasting Turkish delight in Istanbul with victory no.3

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Spain – an exciting race in Barcelona (for a change), and yet more finger action from the young German

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Monte Carlo – the jewel in the crown and Seb’s first finger in Monaco

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Canada – no finger – only a hand  – after losing victory on the last lap to a rejuvenated Button

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Europe – the Valencia circuit produced another dull race, but Vettel still had his finger moment

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Great Britain – no finger, just a hand for only the third time all year as Alonso scoops victory

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Germany – Vettel’s home grand prix, but no homecoming for his finger and no podium

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Hungary – not a finger in sight from Seb, but Jenson’s got plenty on show with his special victory

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Belgium – the finger returns with another victory as his title prospects already look very promising indeed

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Italy – The finger is pointing with his 10th victory out of 14 races

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Singapore – The finger is out again – only 1 more point needed to be champion

Japan – double finger action for the now double world champion

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Adam Le Feuvre
Been a fan of F1 since the days of 'our Nige'. Enjoys the soap opera as much as the racing. A creative geek, with entrepreneurial tendencies who loves coffee, cycling, mod culture and music. Founded of Badger GP in 2008 to give informative, interesting yet entertaining content about Formula 1.

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