Alonso, Vettel to vie for triple titles

Date published: October 11 2011

The race for who can become F1’s youngest triple Champ will begin next season as both Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel chase the record…

The race for who can become F1’s youngest triple World Champ will begin next season as both Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel chase the record.

Heading into Sunday’s Japanese GP, Alonso, who won the titles in 2005 and 2006, was the sport’s youngest ever double World Champ.

However, he lost that record to Vettel, who at 24 years and 99 days eclipsed the mark set by Alonso by a few days short of a year.

Asked what it meant to have lost the record to Vettel, the Ferrari driver said: “Really nothing special.

“I think now we will see who is the youngest three- time World Champion.”

Vettel, though, who was in a rather cheeky mood in the press conference responded, saying: “Did you notice that Michael is the youngest seven-time World Champion – ever!”