While starting from second position, the Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel immediately surprised Williams-Crossworth driver Nico Hülkenberg, who was starting from the pole position for the first time in his F1 career, by taking the lead at the first corner.
Starting from third position, Mark Webber also overtook the German Williams driver shortly afterwards. Nico Hülkenberg was defending his third position at least until lap seven before Fernando Alonso could finally get past Hülkenberg. By then, the Red Bull duo managed to achieve a substantial lead (the Spaniard was 10 seconds behind the leader), which was out of danger for the rest of the race except of a short safety car period after Liuzzi’s collision.
By McLaren ending up with a fourth and fifth place, this one-two finish of PUMA supplied Red Bull Racing brings the team the 2010 Constructors’ Championship! Therefore we would like to send our congratulations to the Red Bull Racing team!
Despites this big success of RBR, their honourable fair-play strategy and Fernando Alonso’s third place brings him best chances to win the 2010 drivers championship next weekend in Abu Dhabi. Fernando Alonso is leading the drivers’ standings with eight points ahead of Mark Webber, who has a lead of seven points over his team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
Dietrich Mateschitz: “It’s a dream of decades that has been realised today.”
Sebastian Vettel: “We are the 2010 Constructors’ Champions! 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.”
Mark Webber: “Today is a sensational day for the team – for everyone in Milton Keynes, in Red Bull and for all our suppliers – the list goes on and on. We have won the Constructors’ and done it with a dominant one-two finish after a tough weekend in Korea. So many people have worked so hard for this, Adrian Newey, Christian Horner, Peter Prodromou, Rob Marshall, the boys in the race shop, the race bays… the list is endless – they all know who they are and it’s a credit to all of them. We’ve had everything thrown at us this year – right-height systems, flexi wings – and at the end of the day we’ve won, which is a very big achievement. Looking to the Drivers’ Championship I took a few points off Fernando today, so it’s still all to play for in Abu Dhabi. The team’s philosophy is that we race and we will work to that. Seb deserved the win today – it was a close fight. Both of us need to finish ahead of Fernando in Abu Dhabi, so let’s see what happens there.”
Christian Horner: “This is an unbelievable result. 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 Formula One 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, to the incredible support from Red Bull and to 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 Formula One 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.”
Fernando Alonso: “All things considered, I am pleased with this result. We have only lost three points to our closest rival and, given how things turned out yesterday in qualifying, it went well: if this morning, I had been told it would finish like this, I would have happily signed for it! I want to congratulate Red Bull and Renault for the Constructors’ title: to reach the top in just a few years is a great achievement. We were very cautious in the very first corners, because everyone was very aggressive and we did not want to risk touching anyone. Then, we immediately lost too much ground to Vettel and Webber: it took me several laps to get past Hulkenberg, while passing Hamilton is never easy. My race pace was good, as we had seen on Friday. When the safety car came out, we thought it might be an opportunity to attack, but there were too many backmarkers between me and Mark and it took too long to get past them: a shame , because at that point, the car was really very competitive. Now, we go to Abu Dhabi: we know what we have to do and taking the title depends on us.”
Felipe Massa: “Everything happened to me today and it is a real shame that I was unable to obtain the result that was within my grasp, even after yesterday’s qualifying and by that I mean a good finish. When I went back out on track after the first stop I immediately felt that something was strange with the right front wheel and I had to come back to the pits immediately to change tyres again. From then on, my race was pretty much over. Towards the end, the Safety Car presented me with an opportunity and in fact, I managed to make up a few places. Then came the collision with Buemi which knocked me back again and, with the cars that had to lap me, several times I lost contact with the drivers I was fighting for position. When I had a clear track ahead of me, I managed to do competitive lap times, which confirms that the potential was there. I would have liked to have been fighting it out at the front here, but it wasn’t possible: I will try and make up for it in Abu Dhabi at the final race. We still have a very important target to reach and we will do our utmost to succeed in that.”