It's a back-to-back triumph for the Red Bull racing team! After securing the 2022 constructors’ title, they've again showcased their dominance by clinching this year’s championship, following a stellar performance at the Japanese Grand Prix.
A Dominant Performance
Max Verstappen, the main man behind the wheel, offered a masterclass in racing on the famed Suzuka circuit. Sunday’s race saw him fend off an early challenge from the McLaren duo, Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri.
This win has effectively made it mathematically impossible for giants Mercedes and Ferrari to claim the championship this year. Post-race, outside the bustling Red Bull garage, team principal Christian Horner couldn't contain his excitement. “It’s been the most amazing race for us, the most amazing year.
It’s all testimony to these guys [the mechanics] and all the men and women back in the factory in Milton Keynes," he gushed. Recognizing the collective efforts behind their success, he added, "To Red Bull, to all our partners, it’s the result of an incredible effort of everyone doing their part.
And of course, Max is just on another level at the moment – today was an incredible performance”.
Celebrations on Honda's Home Ground
This win wasn't just special for Red Bull, but also for their long-time engine partner, Honda.
The Suzuka circuit is owned by Honda, and with them celebrating their 75th anniversary year, the victory seemed all the more special. “It’s been a great partner for us, and it’s very fitting to win this championship here, in front of all the fans," Horner remarked. "The support we’ve had the whole weekend has just been phenomenal”.
The Undeterred Spirit of Sergio Perez
However, it wasn't all roses for Red Bull. Sergio Perez had quite the tumultuous race, which saw him get penalized for breaching Safety Car regulations, and then unfortunately retiring from the race.
But Horner, ever the optimist, commented with a smile, “He went through a few front wings today. From the start, he got knocked around a bit... It wasn’t his day, but he’ll bounce back at the next race. He’s a big part of the success as well”.
This latest victory cements Red Bull's place as the team to beat in Formula 1, setting the stage for an electrifying end to the racing season.