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Horner praises 'phenomenal' Red Bull on constructors' title

ESPNF1 Staff
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Red Bull took its second constructors' championship in a row in Korea © Getty Images

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes his team's defence of both drivers' and constructors' championships this year is "phenomenal".

After Sebastian Vettel won the drivers' crown in Japan one week ago, Red Bull finally put the constructors' out of McLaren's reach with first and third places at the Korean Grand Prix on Sunday. The victory also marked Red Bull's 25th victory in Formula One and Horner thanked everyone involved in the team.

"Phenomenal," he said. "Phenomenal for the team, phenomenal for every single member of the Red Bull Racing / Red Bull Technology Group and for everyone working for Red Bull. I'm sure today was a special day for Mr. Mateschitz to see his team defend the constructors' world championship, having retained the drivers' last week. It absolutely makes up for last year and our disappointment here and it was a fantastic race in the end."

Horner also praised his two drivers, who finished on the podium together for the eighth time this season.

"Sebastian did everything right - he had a good start, made a bold move up the inside into turn four and then controlled the race," he added. "It was a world champion's drive. All credit must go to Mark Webber as well who tried everything to pass Lewis who in fairness defended very well and despite being considerably quicker, we couldn't get into the right place entering the DRS zone to make it a one-two.

"However, to retain the constructors' with a one-three finish is very special for the team. It's a day that every single team member and all the people associated with the team should be very proud of. I'd like to say a special thank you to Red Bull, our engine suppliers Renault and to all of our partners that have enabled us to achieve this fantastic result."