Modestly electing not to reflect too much upon his own race – a dominant victory that kept alive his title chances heading into the F1 2010 finale in Abu Dhabi in only a week's time – Brazilian Grand Prix star Sebastian Vettel was effusive in his praise after stepping out of his car at Interlagos for the achievement of his team Red Bull Racing, the sport's newest constructors' world champions.
From second on the grid, Vettel successfully out-dragged tentative first-time F1 pole-sitter Nico Hülkenberg into Turn One when the starting lights went out, and from there on in the German was never headed, maintaining a steady two-and-a-half to three-second advantage over his pursuing RBR team-mate Mark Webber until the pit-stops.
Although the Australian then began to reduce that gap and closed to within two seconds of the race leader at one stage, his charge was neutralised and indeed blunted by the appearance of the safety car two-thirds of the way in, and upon the re-start Vettel fairly scampered away, aided by his team-mate needing to look after his engine.
Taking the chequered flag and the 25 points that accompanied it for his fourth triumph of an at times truly brilliant campaign, the Heppenheim native not only carried his own hopes of clinching the drivers' crown on into Abu Dhabi, but allied to Webber's second place, enabled Red Bull to wrap up the constructors' laurels one race early. All-in-all, he summarised, a perfect day.
“We are the 2010 constructors' champions!” the 23-year-old enthused. “Regards to everyone here and back in Milton Keynes, it's their achievement – we are one team and they can be very, very proud of what they have accomplished today. It has been a pleasure for me so far this year to drive that car.
“We have had ups-and-downs and many have given us a hard time, sometimes right and sometimes not, but we are always on the edge trying to make the car quicker, which is so good. We are always pushing to get updates, even when they only offer a little bit extra.
“Everyone matters in this team and I'm proud of them and also of myself today – we had a straightforward race, no issues and we were able to control it. There are a busy few days before the next race, but I think back in Milton Keynes and here in Brazil, there will be a couple of drinks tonight...”