10 Oct '11, 1am
Sebastian Vettel's hometown of Heppenheim becomes 'Vettelheim' for a day as thousands gather to celebrate his 2nd title
HEPPENHEIM, Germany (AP) - Formula One fans descended on Sebastian Vettel's home town on Sunday to celebrate the 24-year-old German becoming the sport's youngest ever two-time champion. Despite the race starting at 7am local time, Heppenheim became 'Vettelheim' for the day as thousands gathered in front of giant screens to watch Vettel finish third at the Japanese Grand Prix, giving him 15 points when one was enough to defend his title with four races to spare. Celebrations were marked by champagne showers, a procession of honking cars, fireworks and 100 litres of free beer, as the town's 25,000 inhabitants were swelled with flag-waving revelers from around Germany. 'Even if it's Sebastian's second title, it's another fantastic atmosphere,' Axel Moeller, chairman of Vettel's local fan club, told the dapd news agency.