Following the Sebastian Vettel’s second place finish in the United States Grand Prix, defending champions locked 2012 Constructors’ Championship, still one race remaining this season at next weekend at Brazil.Red Bull earned 440 championship points ahead of Scuderia Ferrari.
Christian Horner, Team Principal: “It’s incredible for the whole team to have won a third consecutive World Championship. The Constructors’ is what we use to measure ourselves against our competitors and, for every member of the team, it’s how we gauge our performance.”
“The Drivers’ obviously has the prestige and public following but within the team they carry equal importance. So, to have achieved a consecutive third World Championship, which only three other teams in the history of the sport have achieved, puts us into a very elite group and having done it in such a short space of time is testimony to all the members of the team. That’s all the hard work, the long hours and dedication from every department. It’s a very proud moment for every single member of the team and Red Bull.”
Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer: “It’s been an amazing year. To achieve the hat trick is a tremendous tribute to the whole team. It shows we’ve managed to keep our standards up and keep consistency. The hard work, the dedication, the talent of the people back in Milton Keynes – that’s what this is all about. I hope they are celebrating and having a drink tonight. We are always thinking how we can improve the car and what we can do in the coming races. It’s been a difficult year and unfortunately my pre-season concerns proved to be right. Having developed the car around side exhaust technology for the last two years, losing that was a bigger step back for us than our competitors and it’s been quite a difficult evolution to get the car back to where we wanted. Getting a third title shows we’re not a flash in the pan; we’ve managed to stay at the top, to understand the car and maintain consistency which is not easy at all. The first title was amazing because when I left McLaren for Red Bull, it was a bit of a career gamble, I was joining with a dream of perhaps trying to win races in the future with the team that I’d been involved with more or less from the start. To actually fulfil that dream and to achieve three titles has been amazing. We can all have dreams, but to do it is something special. It’s not just me personally but it’s the whole team and this is a tribute to everyone within it.”
Cyril Dumont, Renault: “Securing the Constructors’ Championship today is a massive achievement for the Red Bull Racing-Renault partnership. It’s our third title in six years, and the first time since 2004 that a team has won three consecutive titles. The run to the title wasn’t completely trouble-free today however, as we had an engine-related DNF on Mark’s car, but we are managing the situation with Red Bull as of course we still have a Drivers’ Championship to win so we will keep pushing for Brazil.”