‘All drivers want to drive for Red Bull’
Red Bull boss Christian Horner said on Sunday his constructors' champion team is the envy of every F1 driver and that four-time individual champion Sebastian Vettel is unlikely to move elsewhere.
Vettel won the Indian Grand Prix to deliver a fourth straight championship double of drivers' and constructors' titles with three races still left in the season.
"Every driver in the pit lane would like to be in one of our cars at the moment," Horner said, "Sebastian enjoys driving for the team, has grown up with the team, why would he like to be anywhere else?"
The 26-year-old Vettel, who is contracted to Red Bull through the 2015 season, began his relationship with the team when he was 14, and Horner said the driver is "now one of the all-time greats," joining Juan Manuel Fangio, Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost as a four-time champion.
"For Sebastian to have joined the illustrious names of Fangio, Prost and Schumacher is an incredible achievement, especially at such a young age, and it's a privilege to work with him," Horner said, adding, "It's an enormous day for the team to have won its fourth consecutive constructors' world championship."
Horner said that although teamwork was key to Red Bull's success, Vettel had played an undeniably vital part.
"You can have the best driver or the best designer in the world, but if you don't work as a team it will never work," he said. "But then without Sebastian, of course we'd not have won four consecutive titles."
Vettel's teammate Mark Webber had less to celebrate Sunday after he was ordered by the team to stop while in second place on the 42nd lap due to a problem with his car's alternator.
"Webber was driving a strong race and would have finished second," Horner said. "After the failure on Mark's car, we were worried it could happen to the other car. There were some heart-stopping moments in there. As a precautionary measure we reduced the draw (of power) on the alternator in Vettel's car."