Sebastian Vettel took the win in Brazil with Mark Webber on the second podium step, thus earning Red Bull Racing the constructors' title. Not bad for a party team…
In glorious Brazilian sunshine, the team – every one of them practically – drank long from the champagne served post-victory in front of the garage. All this after an interesting start to the weekend, when most of the media decided Red Bull Racing weren't working as a team at all.
Their campaign was helped along by pole-sitter Nico Hulkenberg, in front of whom both Mark and Seb had moved by the end of the first lap, but who remained an inconvenient obstacle to the pair's two main title rivals, Fernando Alonso of Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton of McLaren, for at least another six laps.
Vettel and Webber then commanded the race to the flag, thanks to some impressive strategy, engineering decisions and slick pitlane tire changes from their mechanics – that winter pitstop practice has paid dividends this season. It was only the Safety Car period after Vitantonio Liuzzi's collision with the barrier which brought the pack together.
"Six and half years ago, Mr. Mateschitz had a vision, and today we have fulfilled it." –Christian Horner
While Alonso mounted a late assault on Mark's laptimes, the Aussie held his own and held onto his second place. Button's improving position made things more interesting, but a McLaren fourth and fifth was not enough to take the title from Red Bull.
The post-race comments from the team centered, as you'd expect, not necessarily just on Seb's victory or Mark's podium today, but the whole effort of the entire workforce, both in Brazil and in Milton Keynes over the last six seasons. Red Bull CEO Dietrich Mateschitz said it was the realization of a dream he'd had 10 years ago, and team principal Christian Horner paid tribute to the team owner.
“We’ve assembled a great group whose collective commitment and effort has delivered this result," Horner commented. "Six and half years ago, Mr. Mateschitz had a vision, and today we have fulfilled it – it is an unbelievable feeling.”
There were celebrations in São Paulo yesterday evening, but now it's back to work as Red Buill Racing and the rest of the F1 travelling circus leave for Abu Dhabi to set up their garages for an intriguing finale to what has already been a compelling and thrilling Formula One season.