Red Bull constructors champions 2012 T-shirts are sure to be ready

YEONGAM-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 16: Race winner Sebastian Vettel (2nd left) of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates with his Team Principal Christian Horner (2nd right), second placed Lewis Hamilton (left) of Great Britain and McLaren and third placed Mark Webber (right) of Australia and Red Bull Racing following the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at the Korea International Circuit on October 16, 2011 in Yeongam-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel; Christian Horner; Lewis Hamilton; Mark Webber

Red Bull won their second constructors world championship title last year

Nov.2 (Reuters) Red Bull can join the list Formula One’s great teams by clinching a third successive F1 Constructors’ title in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, principal Christian Horner said on Thursday ahead of the grand prix weekend in the United Arab Emirates.

The champions, who have Sebastian Vettel also heading for a third drivers’ title in a row, are 91 points clear of Ferrari and 101 ahead of McLaren with two races and 86 points to be won after Yas Marina.

There are many permutations but, after winning the last four races, Red Bull are poised to join Ferrari, McLaren and Williams as only the fourth team to chalk up three constructors’ championships in a row.

“If we achieve a triple championship, it’s something that would be far and away above our biggest achievement,” Horner told reporters.

“There’s very few teams that have won three constructors’ in succession and if we manage to achieve that across different regulations, across different tyre suppliers, it would be a remarkable achievement.”

Vettel, 16 points clear of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, cannot wrap up the drivers’ title in Abu Dhabi but he can take a big stride towards it.

Race winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme. Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Race, Sunday 28 October 2012.History is on his side, with Vettel having won the last four races in a row. No driver has ever done that in a single season and not won the title, something Horner was reminded of on Thursday.

“Let’s hope we don’t change history,” he smiled.

This year has been more close-fought than 2011, when Red Bull arrived in Abu Dhabi with both titles won, but less so than 2010 when Vettel snatched his first crown from under Alonso’s nose right at the finish in what was then the season-ender.

“As a team, we have worked better than ever,” said Horner, who said that Red Bull would do nothing different this weekend.

What clearly has changed is the role to be played by Australian Mark Webber, who is now 73 points behind his team mate and could well be mathematically out of the title chase by Sunday night.

Horner said at the last race in India that the team would not invoke so-called ‘team orders’ but he subtly changed his tone on Thursday.

Sebastian Vettel Mark Webber Red Bull F1 Grand Prix Of India“Mark is a strong competitor and he’s a big team player, I’m quite convinced that he will want to see the team achieve its best possible results,” he said.

“I’m sure, as a team player, if required, he would do everything to support the team.

“Mathematically now it’s very difficult for him to win the championship and he’s a smart guy…I’ve got every confidence that he will be doing his best to help the team achieve its objectives,” added Horner.

Vettel confessed that he had not realised until after he had left the Indian Grand Prix circuit after his victory last Sunday just how close the team were to winning the constructors’ crown.

Webber, in his straight-talking Aussie fashion, had enlightened him.

“I didn’t know until Mark told me on the way back from India, we just spoke very shortly about the constructors because we were both on the same plane and Mark said ‘It would be quite bad for the constructors’ if this plane went down.’

“So yeah. Obviously it would be very special for us to win the championship here but in order to do so we have to have a strong weekend and score more points than the others.”

The ‘Red Bull – champions 2012′ T-shirts are sure to be ready for the chequered flag even if Horner denied – just as he did last year and the year before – that anything had been pre-prepared.

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  • aks

    seb needs a crash or a puncture and webber an engine failure how sweeter can it get

  • Butterfly

    Man, having Adrian Newey and money equals championships, it’s a simple as that. Heck, HRT could become legendary using that formula.

  • fsdsdgsdg

    Dooshbags! Maybe put “3 times illegally achieved” on the back of your wanker shirts. Seb is a great driver, but there have been numerous occasions where they should have been disqualified (FIA scrutineering is maffia no more no less). Like Ayrton said, “too much politics”

  • fsdsdgsdg

    Oh yeah Butterfly you’re 100% right, forgot about that one. In 2010 they violated regulations concerning number of employees (by huge amount). And they never look after the budget cap, they think they are a big team but they have no history what so ever. Every sport they enter, also extreme sports, is blown up by their big budget spending. Whilst many think they help their sport, none of that is true in reality they will ruin a lot of sports like this. Go back to making cans, when they loose Newey or Vettel (losing 1 means losing both) they will be nowhere.

  • VSingh

    Alonso just need to Push Vettel to limits where he can blow up his alternator once again, not too difficult if he’s not on pole. Alonso needs help from Mclaren’s to be on front Row and rest he can wrap up easily, Silly conclusion on my part but worthy for Alonso any day.

  • freakytrends

    @fsdsdgsdg,

    Losing Vettel won’t affect them….

  • alonso_is_slow

    @Butterfly: you left Alonso’s insignificance out of the equation.

    slow ferrari + Alonso = not any better than slow Ferrari + any driver. Alonso not making any difference.

    But the situation is even worse here for Alonso:

    good red bull + fantastic Vettel = unreachable for Alonso in any car.

    Alonso is just a hopeless waste of money.

  • Butterfly

    @alonso_is_slow:

    Well, visz963, I don’t think he’s a waste of money. In fact, nobody does.

    But you’re a little attention w*hore, I got that.

    Cheers, mate.