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Oustanding season, but no title, for Red Bull

Christian Horner lauds an outstanding season for Red Bull Racing despite the end of F1 championship hopes in Brazil
Team principal Christian Horner insisted that Red Bull Racing can celebrate an outstanding F1 season despite seeing its championship challenge come to an end in Brazil.

The Milton Keynes-based outfit held the slimmest of hopes of securing both championship crowns at Interlagos but saw Brawn GP successfully wrap up the two titles with Jenson Button becoming drivers' champion for the first time.

Red Bull at least refused to give up the titles without a fight as Mark Webber produced an impressive drive to secure his second victory of the season. Team-mate Sebastian Vettel also rebounded well from his qualifying woes to finish fourth despite starting down in 15th place.

The results secured second in the constructors' championship for Red Bull after the team's best season to date, while Vettel will now head to Abu Dhabi looking to wrap up second in the drivers' standings after jumping ahead of Rubens Barrichello with his Brazilian result.

Both Webber and Vettel drew praise from Horner for their performances in Brazil, while the team boss also admitted that the team could be rightly proud of its display during the season.

“A brilliant drive from Mark today; he was faultless from start to finish,” he said. “We knew he had a good overlap of fuel and he used it to brilliant effect, so a dominant win and a very strong weekend for him. For Sebastian, it was an excellent recovery from a lowly grid position. After the difficulties of yesterday, he drove a stunning race and fourth is a great result considering where he started. It was a very good team performance today, with great pit work.

“Congratulations to Jenson on becoming World Champion, he's been a great competitor this year and also to the Brawn team on winning the Constructors' Championship. We can reflect on an outstanding season and we'll go to Abu Dhabi determined to finish with the momentum that we've had at the last few races.”



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Christian Horner (NED) Red Bull Sporting Director, Australian F1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, 27-29th, March, 2009
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27.11.2016 - Race, 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Start of the race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
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27.11.2016 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
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harley - Unregistered

October 19, 2009 4:26 PM

Vettel is definitely the future and is frustration after qualifying showed how badly he wants to be champion, his chances this year were extremely slim but you have to admire his absolute belief that he could still challenge to the end. the red bull story is also a great one, still a very young team and already challenging for the top honours, its also no coincidences that they are now winning races since Vettel joined them, in the same way Vettel brought Toro Rosso their first win, this guy is the real deal.

rob01

October 19, 2009 4:29 PM

RedBull would have won the titles had Max not meddled with the outcome. They had the fastest non diffuser car to start the year. Pity they followed the spirit of the rules.



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