Brazilian Grand Prix: Red Bull seal constructors’ world title
Red Bull Racing stormed to their maiden constructors’ championship as Sebastian Vettel led team-mate Mark Webber to another one-two finish at Interlagos.
Vettel took the lead from Nico HÃƒÂ¼lkenberg at the first corner and cruised to victory to ensure the drivers’ championship goes down to the wire in Abu Dhabi next weekend.
Webber came home second despite an engine scare, as championship leader cruised around the Sao Paulo circuit in third, only looking to threaten the Australian towards the end of the race, the Spaniard content to collect 10 points rather than go all out for the title with one race to go.
McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton started and finished the race in fourth, losing a place to Alonso on the opening lap after running wide at turn one, while reigning world champion Jenson Button had a brilliant afternoon to finish fifth behind his team-mate, despite qualifying 11th.
Alonso still leads the drivers’ championship with an eight-point lead over Webber, 15-points ahead of Vettel, while Hamilton needs a miracle to pick up his second title as he is now 24 points behind.
Speaking after the race, Vettel said: “An incredible day and I am feeling very proud now for the team.
“It was not easy, but once I took the lead I could control the race and look after my tyres for those final laps after the Safety Car.
“It is fantastic to get a one-two and now I have to shake off these other guys in the other championship.”
Webber’s commitment to the team cause seemed to come and go over the weekend, and the 33-year-old opted not to pull over towards his team after taking the flag, with broadcasters again talking up Webber’s unhappiness at a perceived team bias towards Vettel.
Speaking after the race, Webber said: “Most of these races are decided on Saturday or on the opening lap and that’s the way it is.
“Seb drove a good race and won it and fair play to him. But I am really stoked for the guys back in Milton Keynes.”
Alonso was happy with his seventh podium finish in eight races, despite not winning the title in Brazil. “I lost my chance to challenge these guys at the start when it took me some time to catch them and I lost 12 seconds,” he said.
“But overall we did what we wanted to do and now we go to Abu Dhabi and see who wins the title. Congratulations, of course, to Red Bull.”
Nico Rosberg finished sixth for Mercedes ahead of his team-mate and four-time Interlagos winner Michael Schumacher, while pole-sitter and fellow German Nico HÃƒÂ¼lkenberg was eighth.
Robert Kubica was ninth for Renault after a disappointing end to what started out as a promising weekend for the French team, while Kamui Kobayashi rounded out the top 10 for Sauber to secure his eighth points finish in his first full season in Formula 1.