Sebastian Vettel & Red Bull officially crowned 2013 World Champions at FIA Gala
Alonso, Webber & Sky Sports F1 also among trophy recipients
By James Galloway. Last Updated: 07/12/13 6:27pm
Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull were officially crowned World Champions for the fourth successive year in Paris on Friday night at the FIA's annual end-of-season Prize-giving Gala.
Six weeks after clinching the 2013 Drivers' and Constructors' Championships at the Indian GP, Vettel and his all-conquering team collected their respective trophies from newly re-elected FIA President Jean Todt.
Vettel's fourth title-winning year witnessed the 26-year-old break or equal a host of F1 records - including Alberto Ascari's mark for nine consecutive wins and Michael Schumacher's 13 victories in a season - and the German admitted the season had been particularly special.
"When I think of the times I've experienced with the team over the last few years, it's incredible," Vettel said.
"It's a pleasure to jump in the car each weekend and to try and give it all I have. I'm pushing very hard along with the team and what makes us strong is that we love what we do and we're passionate about racing.
"This year was not an easy season, but to overcome that and give the answer on the track makes me very proud. I don't have words to describe how incredible it is to retain the Drivers' Championship for another year, I would like to say a huge thank you to the team and everyone who supported me."
Red Bull, meanwhile, become just the third team after Ferrari and McLaren to win four Constructors' Championships on the spin and on Friday night Christian Horner again picked up the trophy for the Milton Keynes outfit.
"Winning a fourth FIA Formula One World Champion Constructors' title this year is something that the team could only have dreamt of when we began our first season in 2005," The Team Principal said. "What has gone into this achievement should not be underestimated; the whole team has worked together with enormous commitment and determination.
"When we won the Championship for the first time, the pressure was to defend it. We defended it and then retained it. Having achieved the triple, you think it doesn't get any better than that and the likelihood of doing a quadruple double just seemed statistically unlikely, if nothing else.
"But the passion, the determination and the dedication within the whole team, along with the way that Sebastian and Mark [Webber] delivered this year, has been absolutely phenomenal."
Fernando Alonso, for the third time in four seasons, and the sportscar-bound Mark Webber were also in attendance to receive their respective trophies for finishing second and third to Vettel in the standings - the same top-three composition as 2010.
Meanwhile, former BMW and Renault driver Robert Kubica became the first recipient of the FIA's new Personality of the Year award after winning the World Rally Championship-2, the Pole returning to full-time competitive driving two years on from the horrific rallying accident that partially severed his right hand.
Sky Sports F1 were also among the award winners with the UK's dedicated F1 channel winning the 'Best TV Broadcaster Award for Outstanding Coverage' for the second successive season.