An ebullient Christian Horner was left to toast Red Bull Racing's maiden F1 World Championship title after a one-two finish for Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in today's Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos clinched the constructors' crown for the energy drinks-backed outfit – a team that he admits has come a long way indeed in the past six years.
Red Bull entered the top flight back in 2005 after taking over the Jaguar operation, but just three podium finishes over the course of its first four campaigns at the highest level led many to label the Milton Keynes-based squad, as Horner terms it, 'a party team...that no-one took seriously'.
Even in 2010, as the Adrian Newey-penned RB6 tore up the racetracks and left every single one of its rivals breathlessly trailing on pure out-and-out pace, there were some who believed a combination of poor strategy and unreliability would ultimately see RBR fritter away the trophy that has had the team's name on it all season.
Up against the behemoths of the sport that are the likes of Ferrari and McLaren-Mercedes, though, in Brazil this weekend Red Bull Racing finished the job off in style, to bring to realisation what Red Bull magnate Dietrich Mateschitz describes as 'a dream of decades'. The F1 2010 Constructors' World Championship is heading to Milton Keynes tonight – and you can't help but feel that 'the party team' will be partying hard in celebration. They do, after all, thoroughly deserve it.
“This is an unbelievable result,” enthused an overcome Horner. “In six years, this team has come from a team that no-one took seriously – that everyone thought was a party team – to the 2010 F1 constructors' champions. We have finished ahead of teams with far more experience and heritage than ourselves – we took them on and we won, thanks to the tremendous dedication of every single team member, the incredible support from Red Bull and the vision and unfaltering commitment from Mr. Mateschitz.
“It's a very proud day for everyone in the team and for everyone within Red Bull to have won the 2010 F1 constructors' championship – and to do it in such dominant style, with our fourth one-two finish of the season, is very special. We've assembled a great group whose collective commitment and effort has delivered this result. Six-and-half years ago, Mr. Mateschitz had a vision and today we have fulfilled it. It is an unbelievable feeling.”
“A big, big wow – it's an historic day for Red Bull-Renault,” added the team's engine-supplier's principal track support engineer, Fabrice Lom. “We have won this first title for the team, and it's a big reward for all the hard work we have done.
“Congratulations to everyone at Red Bull, at the Renault factory in Viry-Chatillon, and to everybody at Mecachrome who has helped us to win this title. We now look to the drivers' championship, but before that we need to enjoy ourselves and to celebrate – congratulations to everyone!”