Red Bull Racing) Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber got two long, sustained ovations when they arrived at the Red Bull Racing headquarters in Milton Keynes on the second leg of the celebratory home-coming tour.Nov.20 (
Having visited Red Bull’s Salzburg HQ on Monday, the next day Vettel, Webber, Adrian Newey and Christian Horner were able to thank the wider team.
The race team had been away for more than two weeks and this was the first chance for the drivers to congratulate and celebrate with the 600 or so people who design and create the cars and establish the infrastructure which makes it all possible.
Newey thanked the team for the work they had put in, while reminding them that there are further challenges ahead: “After six years of hard work in Milton Keynes we have reached the target. The package was excellent: the drivers, team and cars worked well as a unit. For 2011 we need to further perfect this, in order to defend these Championships.”
But the afternoon was about taking a moment to reflect on two world titles and the hard work which has gone into that success. Both Webber and Vettel paid tribute to the UK-based team.
Seb said: “I am very proud of what we have achieved – it’s a great moment for me and the whole team and I’m very happy with this team; we’re like a big family, everyone has fun and is dedicated to what they are doing. Only when it’s like this is it possible to achieve at such a high level.”
And while Mark was clearly disappointed, he was magnanimous. He recognised the incredible input and sacrifice all those who worked for the team had put in. He said: “The Constructors’ was very important for Red Bull and shows that this season has bound the team together. I just missed my personal target, but there were many highlights. It’s not always been easy for either Seb or me the year, but this is normal when you’re competing against each other at this level. At the end of the season, we are honestly able to show respect for each other’s performance, which is very important. Congratulations to Sebastian, he really deserves the title.”
Team boss Horner said: “I have to congratulate the whole team. We have overcome all the problems we experienced and pushed each other to the limit. We were able to keep top teams such as Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes in check and will work hard on keeping it that way in the future.”
That future is already starting for some of the team. The crew who are helping put Daniel Ricciardo on track in Abu Dhabi will be there for Sebastian on Friday as he begins the Pirelli test work for 2011.