Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Korean Grand Prix: Red Bull win team title as Vettel takes chequered flag

YEONGAM-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 16: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium after winning the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at the Korea International Circuit on October 16, 2011 in Yeongam-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes ambition, desire and loud music have been the key to the marque's success.

To celebrate the winning of back-to-back Formula One constructors' championships, Horner stepped onto the podium yesterday following the Korean Grand Prix alongside his drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

Just seven days after Vettel became the youngest back-to-back and two-time drivers' title holder, the 24-year-old German and Webber duly delivered the team crown.

Vettel took the chequered flag for the 10th time this season while Webber had to settle for third after a stunning battle with runner-up Lewis Hamilton.

The 40 points gleaned means Red Bull are now 140 clear of McLaren, with just 129 available, guaranteeing it was party time for the “drinks manufacturer”, as they were infamously described by Hamilton earlier this year, for the second successive Sunday.

The result was also the perfect riposte to the double DNF the team endured at this race a year ago when Webber crashed out and Vettel suffered engine failure.

“That made up for last year, didn't it?” said Horner, with a broad smile.

“To win this year, for Mark to drive such a strong race as well, and to secure our second constructors' championship, it's been a very special week for the team.

“First of all, Sebastian retaining the drivers' in Japan, and then a week later achieving what we have here in Korea is phenomenal.

“The great thing about this team is the ambition, desire and the way it works as a unit.

“You only have to look late in the pitlane on a Friday evening. Yes they play the music loud, but they're here, work longer and tougher hours,” Horner added.

For Vettel, who grabbed the lead off poleman Hamilton before the fourth corner on lap one and never looked back, the triumph was simply the icing on the cake to an extraordinary season.

“To come here and win the constructors' championship is fantastic,” Vettel said.