Tuesday, November 23, 2010
McLaren's 2008 World champion Lewis Hamilton, the previous youngest champion finished second while his team mate and outgoing world champion Jenson Button third.
Ferrari's double World champion Fernando Alonso who was the pre-race favourite for a third title managed to finish seventh after his team made the early and wrong pit call.
Red Bull's another title contender Mark Webber too made the same mistake as Alonso.
At 23 years and 106 days, Red Bull driver led from pole to chequered flag to chalk up his fifth win of the season, resisting a strong challenge from Briton Lewis Hamilton of McLaren, who in 2008 had achieved the same feat at the age of 23 and 307 days.
Vettel's countrymen and seven times world champion Michael Schumacher's comeback season ended with a smash on the opening lap when his Mercedes spun and was speared by Force India's Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi. Schumi is the only other driver to have won the title for Germany.