Red Bull grabs Constructor’s Championship, last race to decide World Champion
The 1-2 finish by Sebastien Vettel and Mark Webber meant that Red Bull Racing has won their first ever Constructor’s Championship with the driver’s championship still up for grabs among 4 drivers. Vettel and Webber had both started on second and third respectively behind Nico Hulkenberg of Williams who started on pole but pulled ahead to lead the race from the go.
Fernando Alonso on the Ferrari meanwhile captured third which was pretty much the same throughout the race with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton breathing down his neck. His team mate, defending champion Jenson Button only managed to finish the race on fifth spot which means he will not be defending his title. Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher followed suit while Hulkenberg completed the race in eighth place. Robert Kubica of Renault and Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber finished on ninth and tenth places respectively.
Our boys Heiki Kovailainen and Jarno Trulli of Lotus Racing finished a respectable 18th and 19th making them the best finished among the rookie teams again. After taking the lead, the Red Bull drivers broke further ahead from their contender Alonso and it was pretty much the whole of the race with not much changes in the front although there were some very stressful moments for him with Hamilton trying to advance his standings.
With the latest result, Alonso is still in the lead for the driver’s championship where he now has 246 points while Red Bull’s Webber and Vettel have 238 and 231 points respectively. Hamilton is in the distance fourth with 222 points. This means that Hamilton would need to win the next race and hope that 3 drivers in front of him does not score any in order for him to win the championship. The chances for the Red Bull racers are better although Alonso would surely be more than willing to give them a run for their money. All he needs to do is to finish among the points and hope both of them do not and he gets the title. As for now, its on to Abu Dhabi where it will be down all the way to the wire.