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Sebastian Vettel has become the 15th man to win the Formula One drivers' championship at least twice and it would take a brave man to bet against the 24-year-old adding to his tally.

But while Vettel will be looking to join the select few that have gone on to become true multi-time champions, any driver that has taken the crown on more than one occasion is sure to have their named etched into the memory of the sport.

Here, runs down the greatest of the double champions to have graced the sport since the world championship started in 1950.

Sebastian Vettel

The Red Bull ace has become the youngest driver to win the title twice and shows no signs of slowing down. In contrast to last year when he stole the championship at the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi, Vettel won the first round of the 2011 calendar in Australia and has not surrendered his advantage at any point during a dominant campaign. Vettel has already won 19 grands prix and has recently gained almost exclusive ownership of pole position.

Fernando Alonso

Despite big-name moves to McLaren and Ferrari, Alonso has never been able to hit the same heights he did when at Renault in 2005 and 06. The Spaniard held off the challenge of Kimi Raikkonen in a fast but fragile McLaren in the former season and successfully took on Michael Schumacher head-to-head in the latter to finally end the monopoly Ferrari held on the title for a five-year period.

Michael Schumacher

Before his all-conquering days at Ferrari, Schumacher won two straight titles with Benetton in the mid-1990s, although like his later career they were not without controversy. Then a fresh-faced 25-year-old, the German won the 1994 crown after a collision with Damon Hill at the final race of the season in Adelaide. The next year he won again, this time in more emphatic fashion, before moving to Maranello.

Ayrton Senna

The legendary Brazilian was already an iconic figure in his home country by the time he claimed his second F1 title in highly-controversial circumstances. Senna had just come out of a tumultuous two-year partnership with Alain Prost at McLaren, which saw him win the 1988 title but lose the 89 crown when the pair collided at Suzuka. A year later at the same circuit, the championship was decided on a collision again when Senna deliberately ran into Prost, now at Ferrari, at the first corner.

Alain Prost

Before he was joined at the team by Senna, Prost led McLaren to back-to-back titles in the mid-1980s. He took the 1985 title with relative ease before flying under the radar to win again the following season in one of the most exciting finales in F1 history. Despite his car being slower than the two Williams machines, the ultra-smooth Prost came out on top after a dramatic Australian Grand Prix to claim his second title, a tally he would double before the end of his career.

Jackie Stewart

Another cerebral operator that preceded Prost, the Scotsman was dominant in both 1969 and 71 to become F1's top star of the era. Stewart cruised to the title during his first championship with Matra but, in a pattern that would repeat itself, was unable to match Lotus the next year. He was back on top in 1971, this time with Tyrell, and would add a third title - the first and only British driver to achieve the feat - before his retirement.

Graham Hill

The quintessential Brit and father of future world champion Damon; Hill piloted a BRM to the drivers' crown in 1962 and claimed a second title six year later, this time with Lotus. In the meantime, he became best known as a Monaco specialist, taking an amazing five times around the streets of the principality, and also won the Indianapolis 500 and the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Jim Clark

Generally viewed as the greatest of a golden generation of British drivers, Clark set the F1 benchmark throughout much of the 1960s. The Scot, driving a Lotus as he did throughout his career, was dominant in both the 63 and 65 seasons, winning every race he managed to finish during the latter campaign. He was robbed of even more titles due to reliability issues and ultimately by his tragic death in a Formula Two race at Hockenheim in 1968.

Juan Manuel Fangio

The Argentine maestro dominated the 1950s at the wheel of several different cars, winning five titles in total. He lost the inaugural world championship to Giuseppe Farina but claimed the crown in 1951 before a neck injury ruled him out for much of the next campaign. He returned to winning ways in 1954 and became a double champion while driving for Mercedes. Fangio would take five titles in total, a record that stood for 46 years.

Alberto Ascari

The sport's first ever double champion, Ascari won the title in 1952 and 53 at the wheel of a Ferrari. In the former year, he won six out of the seven races he entered and continued the winning habit into the next year, beating Fangio into second position. And had he not died in a testing crash at Monza in 1955, he would surely have been a worthy rival for the great Argentine throughout the rest of the decade.

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