Red Bull crowned F1 constructors' champions after Max Verstappen wins Japan GP
Red Bull have won the 2023 Formula One constructors’ championship after Max Verstappen claimed victory at the Japanese Grand Prix.
The Dutchman and the Austrian team were back on the top step of the podium at Suzuka following an awful Singapore Grand Prix where both lost their record win streaks.
Verstappen took pole by over half-a-second and comfortably drove off into the sunset on Sunday, finishing over 18 seconds ahead of the McLarens of Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri – the latter recording his first ever F1 podium.
Red Bull only needed to outscore Mercedes by one point and not be outscored by Ferrari by 24 points or more to win the title, and though Sergio Perez had an awful race and retired, Verstappen’s points haul was enough to seal a sixth constructors’ title.
‘Let’s go guys! Another win. Unbelievable,’ the 25-year-old told his team over the radio.
‘You deserve that. What an unbelievable season we are having.
‘You can all be very proud here at the track and back at the factory. You guys built a rocketship of a car.’
That earned him another penalty, but the 33-year-old retired his car soon after, with his failure to score points meaning it is all but guaranteed that Verstappen will win the drivers’ title at the next race in Qatar.
Red Bull had previously won the constructors’ title four times in a row between 2010 and 2013 and last year also, though they still trail Ferrari, Williams, McLaren, Mercedes and Lotus in the all-time rankings.
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