Abu Dhabi GP: Red Bull race report

SEBASTIAN VETTEL: 2010 FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPION 2010 RED BULL RACING: NINE WINS, FOUR ONE-TWO FINISHES, 15 POLE POSITIONS, LOTS OF UPS AND DOWNS, TWO AWESOME DRIVERS, ONE FANTASTIC TEAM AND NOW WE'RE OFF TO DO WHAT WE'RE KNOWN FOR BEING BEST...

SEBASTIAN VETTEL: 2010 FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPION

2010 RED BULL RACING: NINE WINS, FOUR ONE-TWO FINISHES, 15 POLE POSITIONS, LOTS OF UPS AND DOWNS, TWO AWESOME DRIVERS, ONE FANTASTIC TEAM AND NOW WE'RE OFF TO DO WHAT WE'RE KNOWN FOR BEING BEST AT... PARTY

Car 5 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: WINNER, Start Position: 1st

"I'm speechless. I don't know what you are supposed to say in these moments, it has been an incredibly tough season for myself and all of us, physically and mentally. We always kept believing in ourselves no matter what people said in the team and in our car. I kept believing in myself and today was a special day all round. I got up this morning and tried not to think about anything; I tried to avoid contact with people and just tried to do my own thing. I knew all I could try to do was win this race and do my best. We only led this Championship once this season, but it was when it mattered. The car was phenomenal today; the start was very tight with Lewis (Hamilton), and I had some graining in the first stint, but then the car stabilised and was a dream. To be honest, I didn't know anything until I passed the chequered flag. I was wondering, because my race engineer Rocky was trying to give me advice every lap to help me carry the car home and I was thinking `Why's this guy so nervous, we must be in a bloody good position!' Then crossing the line he came on the radio and very silently said `it's looking good, we have to wait until all the cars finish'. I was thinking `what does he mean,' as I hadn't seen the screens - I just wanted to make sure I didn't get any distractions during the race and focused on myself. Then Christian came on the radio and screamed at me that we had won the World Championship I have to say thanks to so many people. To start with, the team: that's all the people here at the track and all the people in Milton Keynes they are pushing like hell and I think they will be enjoying this moment as much as last week. Also everyone back in Austria, who has supported me from the beginning it's been an incredible journey with Red Bull and, after all the ups and downs this season, to come here now and win the Championship is unbelievable. Thanks to everyone I have known from the early days in karting and those in my home town of Heppenheim to now, thank you so much."

Car 6 MARK WEBBER, Finish Position: 8th, Start Position: 5th

"It was a big day and we had the chance to do something incredibly unique, but in the end it didn't turn out for us. Earlier in the race we knew we had to roll the dice and go for it with the strategy, but it left us exposed and Fernando (Alonso) covered us. I tried my absolute hardest and we did everything we could, but in the end it wasn't enough. You've got to take your hat off to Sebastian, he's done a great job all year and to lead the Championship at the last race, he's got the timing right and I fully congratulate him on the World Championship. I was in with a chance of winning the Championship until the last race, so I must have been doing something right and in the end there are a lot of positives. I feel I have driven very well for most of the season and that's the most important thing to me. This weekend didn't turn out and it's a shame, but it's a good time to reflect in the next few weeks and look back at the highs and the lows but that's the way the sport is sometimes. There have been quite a few emotions over the last couple of weeks; when you come so close to the top and just miss out, it's a shame, but I tried my absolute hardest and I have great guys around me. I think two championships for the team is not bad and I'll be fighting again next season."

CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: "It's an unbelievable outcome. The first time Sebastian has led the Championship is at the last race of the year, but arguably that's the only time you need to lead it. He's stuck with it though this year, he's had some tough times and he's had his issues with reliability here and there, but he's never lost his focus. He's the youngest ever Formula One World Champion and a very deserving World Champion. It's down to what he's done on the circuit and the whole team is hugely proud of what he's achieved today. We mustn't forget Mark in all this and what an incredible job he's done this year. He's driven superbly well, he's won four grand prix victories and has taken the Championship to the final race. It could have gone to either one of them this year and it's a great privilege to have these two guys in our team. But today belongs to Sebastian Vettel and it's fantastic to have Mr Mateschitz here to witness our first Drivers' World Championship. It's been a very big and emotional week for the team and I'd like to thank every single member, all our suppliers, everyone at Red Bull and Dietrich Mateschitz for his unfaltering support. It's been a very, very big week."

FABRICE LOM, Renault, Principal Engineer Track Support: "I have to say wow again and so soon after Interlagos. It's a great moment. Sebastian with his superb driving undid the mechanical problems we had and the engine failure. We have had such a great year and have won both titles. We are really proud to be Red Bull Racing's engine partner and proud to help Seb to his title, it ends the 2010 season in a great way. I would like to thank all the guys in the factory at Red Bull, everyone at the Renault factory in Viry-Chatillon and everyone at Mechachrome for this fantastic year we have all shared together."

-source: red bull

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Series Formula 1
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