Red Bull finally crowned Formula One constructor champions in Brazil

Posted on November 7, 2010


Five have become four as Formula One sprints towards the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Red Bull have won the constructors' title - will they win the drivers' title the RB6 deserves? Credit: Red Bull/Getty Images

Sebastian Vettel did the maximum to ensure he remains a contender with a dominant victory in Brazil, seizing the lead off the line and never conceding it.

Red Bull have won the constructors’ championship today and well deserved it is too: the performance today underlined the massive advantage Red Bull have had all season. It is far and away the quickest car.

And yet Fernando Alonso remains in the box seat for the final race after crusing to third. The Spaniard’s run in the second half of the season has been immense and he must remain the hot favourite to seal his third title next weekend in the desert.

Red Bull should have had both titles sewn up weeks ago. They haven’t and if neither of their drivers win the title, they can point to unreliability and a string of driver errors.

The British hold on the title looks certain to be over. Jenson Button is, at last, out of the race for the title despite a strong drive from 11th to 5th, while Lewis Hamilton’s hopes hand by a thread. McLaren have simply not provided the car this year, despite the clever F-Duct innovation.

The race was by no means a Brazilian classic. Nico Hulkenberg was able to provide little more than a cameo after his sensational qualifying on Saturday. There was squabbling in the midfield and a late safety car ensured the cars were running close together.

But it’s the culmination next weekend which we’re all looking forward too. It’s going to be titanic.

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