Red Bull decided against using team orders in the Brazilian Grand Prix to increase their chances of having one of their drivers win the championship.
But a comfortable one-two at Interlagos secured the constructors’ championship for the team.
Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were never threatened after passing pole sitter Nico Hulkenberg.
|Sebastian Vettel||Mark Webber|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q3)||1’15.519 (-0.118)||1’15.637|
Having been fastest in both sessions on Friday he was somewhat surprised to be beaten to pole position by Nico Hulkenberg but praised the Williams driver’s performance.
He then picked off Hulkenberg at the first corner to take a lead that was never seriously challenged by his team mate, or anyone else.
Lapped traffic kept Vettel busy in the middle part of the race but after the safety car period he re-established his lead to take his fourth victory of 2010.
Started the weekend on a sour note, telling the press the team was “emotionally behind” Vettel.
As usual there was a hair’s breadth gap between them in qualifying with Vettel narrowly ahead.
Webber followed Vettel past Hulkenberg at the start, harrying the Williams driver into running wide.
But he was delayed by an overheating problem:
It’s never nice when they have to ask you to manage something. The safety car helped a bit but then very quickly it was back again the first lap after the safety car.
Even at this late stage Red Bull are still giving both their drivers the chance to win the championship.
But by passing up the opportunity to swap their drivers in Brazil, and bring Webber within one point of Alonso instead of eight, the team have made life more difficult for themselves in Abu Dhabi.
They now need to get both cars home in front of Alonso instead of just Webber’s to guarantee the title. The drivers were quizzed about it in the press conference afterwards:
[Swapping the drivers] helps but it’s not in the team’s philosophy. That’s how it is. It was a good drive by Seb today for the win and that’s how it is. I think the team’s position has always been on the sporting side and that’s how it is.
Obviously Fernando got some points in Hockenheim, which has happened in the past in Formula One and will happen again in the future. Everyone has different ideas, but that’s how it is at the moment, so I will go there and do my best.
If the Brazil top three is repeated at Abu Dhabi, Alonso would be champion. Vettel refused to say whether he would let Webber past and make him champion in those circumstances:
It’s one week away. As a kid, I never liked it when my parents teased me for something and didn’t answer my question, so now I’m in a good position to tease you, so you will see.
2010 Brazilian Grand Prix
- 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix: the complete F1 Fanatic race weekend review
- Vote for the best driver of the Brazilian GP weekend
- Red Bull win teams title but risk throwing drivers championship away
- Alonso loses the battle but he’s winning the war
- Poor pace spells end of McLaren’s title hopes
- Hulkenberg eighth after pole position
- Mercedes seal fourth in constructors’ championship
- Brazil sees most race finishers since 1952
- Force India fall behind Williams in teams’ title
- Kubica frustrated by Hulkenberg’s defence