Sebastian Vettel became the youngest back-to-back and double world champion in Formula One history on Sunday with his third place finish at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Britain's Jenson Button took the chequered flag for the third time this year, but Vettel's podium finish at Suzuka was enough to see him crowned champion for the second year in a row.
Vettel is only the ninth driver to win successive F1 titles and he joins Alberto Ascari, Juan Manuel Fangio, Jack Brabham, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen and Fernando Alonso in the elite group.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner told him via the team radio: "Sebastian you’re the 2011 world champion. Well done."
An emotional Vettel replied: "Thank you so much every single one, every single one. We took nothing for granted and we did it."
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso finished Sunday's race second, with Mark Webber fourth, Lewis Hamilton fifth, Michael Schumacher sixth and Felipe Massa seventh.
Vettel is 114 points clear of Button, with only 100 available from the four remaining races.
The constructors’ title is still up for grabs, but Red Bull are comfortably clear of McLaren and it appears to only be a formality.