Max Verstappen and Christian Horner hail sensational year as Red Bull secure Constructors’ title

Thomas Maher
Red Bull's Max Verstappen celebrates victory and the Constructors' Championship after the Japanese Grand Prix.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen celebrates victory and the Constructors' Championship after the Japanese Grand Prix.

Red Bull have secured their sixth Constructors’ Championship, their second in a row, thanks to Max Verstappen’s crushing win in Japan.

Despite Sergio Perez retiring at Suzuka to ensure he couldn’t contribute to Red Bull’s points tally, Max Verstappen went on to wrap things up for his team all on his lonesome.

The Dutch driver was simply untouchable in the Grand Prix in Japan, leading from start to finish to come home 20 seconds clear of McLaren’s Lando Norris. Scoring 26 points with the fastest lap point included, Verstappen took Red Bull’s tally to 623 points. With Mercedes only reaching 305 points thanks to their fifth and seventh places, Red Bull can no longer be mathematically beaten in the Constructors’ Championship.

Christian Horner: Winning the title is testimony to all the hard work at base

With Red Bull winning their second consecutive Constructors’ Championship, the sixth in the team’s history since entering F1 in 2005, team boss Christian Horner reflected on the latest success to come their way under his leadership.

“It’s been the most amazing race for us, the most amazing year,” Horner said.

“It’s all testimony to these guys and all the men and women back in the factory at Milton Keynes, and to Red Bull, and all our partners – it is the collection of an incredible effort of everybody doing their best to achieve results like we’ve done.

“Of course, you know, Max is just on another level at the moment. So today was an incredible performance.”

With Red Bull securing another title with Honda power after winning their first win the Japanese marque last season, Horner said it was fitting to have secured the title at Honda’s home track.

“It’s been a great partner for us and it’s very fitting to win this championship here, with Honda, in front of all the fans here and the support we’ve had the whole weekend has just been phenomenal,” he said.

Max Verstappen: I’m so proud of everyone at Red Bull

Max Verstappen, having crushed the opposition all weekend, was thrilled to have been able to secure the title once again on his team’s behalf.

“I mean, yeah, unbelievable all weekend of course and to win here was great,” he said.

“I think the car was working really well on every compound but the most important [thing] was also to win the Constructors’, so I’m very proud of everyone working at the track, but also back at the factory. We are having an incredible year and I’m very proud of everyone.”

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