Having been denied the chance to really celebrate Sebastian Vettel's fourth F1 world championship, Red Bull Racing reconvened at its Milton Keynes base to reflect on the 2013 season.
Even though there are still two races remaining – and victories in both would not only allow Vettel to equal Alberto Ascari's record of nine consecutive wins and Michael Schumacher's mark of 13 in a single season – the gap between Abu Dhabi and Austin provided the perfect opportunity for the German to thank those working behind the scenes to make the RB9 a near unbeatable force in the second half of the year.
“It's really nice to come back to the factory to celebrate the achievement with the whole team,” Vettel admitted, “Obviously, there are a certain number of people who are at every race, but there are many people behind what happens at the track, who are just as dedicated and passionate about the job we do. It's a pleasure to come here to the factory and say thank you to them. They put in a lot more hours here than I do, so it's nice to give a little bit back.”
Team principal Christian Horner and chief technical officer Adrian Newey joined Vettel on the dais, confirming how important the effort of the whole team had been in securing the latest 'double double' in the team's sequence of championships.
“You only have to walk around the factory here to see the determination, the desire and the enjoyment people have in working at this team,” Horner noted, “We've come a long way in a pretty short space of time and there's tremendous pride in everything we've achieved collectively. To have won and defended our title are things we are all enormously proud of.
“It is important for the team to enjoy the moment and to take in what has been achieved. We have a fairly modest facility in comparison with some of our rivals, but what exists within these buildings is a huge amount of desire and passion and it's those things that have enabled us to achieve the kind of results we have in recent years.”