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Webber takes consolation in third teams’ title
19 November 2012
Mark Webber may not have been able to contribute to the team's enhanced points total at the USGP, but still found consolation in a third straight constructors' title for Red Bull Racing after the race.
The Australian made the most of starting on the cleaner side of the grip to surge past Lewis Hamilton and slot into second spot behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel on the uphill run to turn one at the Circuit of the Americas, as Red Bull appeared on course to continue the run of 1-2 finishes witnessed by the American public since the race moved to Indianapolis.
Hamilton, however, wasn't in a mood to be denied and, having established himself as one of the fastest cars in the opening laps, came back past Webber once DRS was enabled. From there, while the Briton hunted Vettel down at the front of the field, Webber slipped nearly seconds back, before coasting into retirement as Red Bull's reliability gremlins again picked on his car.
“I had an alternator problem,” he revealed, reporting RBR's third such DNF in 2012, “We had low battery voltage for a few laps before and then I lost gearbox sync and KERS. Something was happening on the battery side.
“It's frustrating, as we had a reasonable start to the race and a good fight with Lewis. We had issues to manage but, even when I knew we had them, we tried to keep going and get something out of it.”
Although Vettel also eventually succumbed to Hamilton's charge, his second place was enough to secure a third successive constructors' crown for Red Bull in just eight years of existence since replacing Jaguar on the grid.
“A third constructors' [title] for the team is an incredible achievement,” Webber admitted, “Three years in a row is something that I think all of us would never have envisaged when we first started to be successful, so the results that we've had over the years is really astonishing.
“This championship was probably the toughest one so far, for lots of different reasons, and it's a cliché, but it's been a real team effort.”
Webber's retirement also saw Hamilton pass him in the individual standings, and the Australian is only two points clear of the second McLaren of Jenson Button with one round remaining, in Brazil, this weekend. His contribution to RBR's total, however, has not gone unnoticed.
“It's incredible for the whole team to have won a third consecutive world championship,” team principal Christian Horner commented, “The constructors' is what we use to measure ourselves against our competitors and, for every member of the team, it's how we gauge our performance.
“The drivers' [title] obviously has the prestige and public following but, within the team, they carry equal importance. To have achieved a consecutive third world championship, which only three other teams in the history of the sport have achieved, puts us into a very elite group - and having done it in such a short space of time is testimony to all the members of the team, [to] all the hard work, the long hours and dedication from every department. It's a very proud moment for every single member of the team and Red Bull.”
Vettel remains 13 points clear at the top of the individual standings, and should clinch his own hat-trick at Interlagos on Sunday.