Niki Lauda meets Sebastian Vettel © Getty images

Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda paid tribute to the new world champion Sebastian Vettel as the Red Bull Racing team visited Hangar-7 in Salzburg, Austria.

As a special guest on the ServusTV chat show Sport und Talk in Hangar-7, the Austrian racing driver and entrepreneur praised the entire team’s achievements.

Joining him were Vettel, Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner and the team's chief technical officer Adrian Newey, Lauda said: "For as long as it’s existed, Formula One has been a crime scene – you just weren't allowed to get caught. I also became world champion and had to go through all those difficulties.

"Now comes Didi (Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz) and his team is racing for the championship and he decides to do it like the Olympics. It is amazing how this team managed to win the title in a truly fair way. To me that is unique in the 60-year history of Formula One."

According to Lauda, Vettel's triumph was the fairest title in the history of the sport as the team took nine wins, four one-two finishes, 15 poles and two World Championships. He learned for himself that there were other ways to be successful. Lauda: "If there only would be two or three politicians that only had a percent of Mr Mateschitz, we would all live a better life." 

Vettel meanwhile said he felt a bit embarrassed by his emotions after the win. "I almost sounded like girl! Fortunately I had my helmet on, after all, I was crying because of all this joy. I don't really know how I managed to complete another lap."

Also joining in the show were former F1 drivers David Coulthard and Gerhard Berger. After the show finished filming, the venue became Salzburg's party central as the F1 stars celebrated their success with 1,000 invited guests at the venue.

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