Red Bull Racing
Constructors’ championship 2010: 1st
Not bad for a drinks company, was it? Mark Webber sardonically made that reference in the first Melbourne press conference on Thursday, underlining Red Bull’s stupendous 2010 achievement of winning both titles.
All the signs, both from pre-season and from the first free practice sessions here, suggest that RB7 will carry on where RB6 left off. There’s continuity at every level of the team, not least in its quick and combative driver line-up, and the rest of the grid knows this is the combination to catch.
1 Sebastian Vettel (age 23, German, 62 Grand Prix starts)
The sport’s youngest World Champion led the title race only once last year – but that was after the final race. It seemed unlikely in mid-year, when one prominent magazine said he had ‘lost the plot’, that Vettel could recover from incidents with his team-mate in Turkey and with Jenson Button’s McLaren in Belgium, but three wins in the last four races sealed his triumph in style.
2010 season: 256 points, 1st – best result 1st Malaysia, Europe, Japan, Brazil, Abu Dhabi.
2 Mark Webber (age 34, Australian, 157 Grand Prix starts)
Webber did Australia proud with a 2010 campaign that brought four superb wins, none better than his commanding weekend-long display in Monaco. A slip-up in Korea and a flat finish in the UAE cost him the title after leading the race for longer than any other driver. But he’s bounced back from the disappointment, he proved it with quickest time in the opening session here yesterday and he’s up for another title chase.
2010 season: 242 points, 3rd – best result 1st in Spain, Monaco, Great Britain and Hungary.
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