Red Bull on brink of third consecutive constructors’ title

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 WebberNov.14 (GMM) Red Bull Racing is on the verge of wrapping up the 2012 Formula One Constructors’ Championship, for the third time in as many years.

The 2010 and 2011 title winners – whose German driver Sebastian Vettel also secured back-to-back drivers’ championships – are 82 points ahead of nearest challengers Ferrari, with just two races to go.

If the points gap is more than 43 after Sunday’s US Grand Prix, Red Bull will be the 2012 champions with the Interlagos finale still in their pocket.

To stop Red Bull becoming champions this weekend already, Ferrari would need to score an almost perfect 39 points in Texas, with Red Bull failing to score at all.

The drivers’ title is the one hailed by the media and fans, but the constructors’ championship is highly lucrative – worth, according to Speed Week, about $100 million to the winner.

Sir Frank Williams, whose eponymous team has won 9 constructors’ titles, said: “The team that gets the most points, has done the best job.

“The drivers come and go, the team stays,” he added.

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