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Sunday, December 26, 2010
Synopsis: Red Bull put the complete package together for 2010, winning the double in only its sixth year, despite some growing pains. Adrian Newey’s design overcame the power disadvantage of the Renault engine, and on most tracks the car was simply unstoppable. But make no mistake, Red Bull took it to the big boys, but it did it by spending the money.
Highlight: Winning the double.
Lowlight: A simmering driver feud came to a boil in Istanbul, when Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber came together while battling for the lead. Vettel was out, Webber managed to finish third.
- Sebastian Vettel was clearly the flashiest driver of 2010, if not always the steadiest, the young German still seems susceptible to mistakes. He trailed his teammate through much of the season, however, it should be said he suffered from more technical issues than the Australian. Trailing Fernando alonso and Webber going into the final weekend, Vettel capitalized on the misfortunes of Webber and misguided strategy of Ferrari to complete a come-from-behind championship title. Five wins, ten podiums and 256 points.
- Mark Webber surprised many by being at the front of the championship battle most of the season, dealing with his talented young teammate quite well. On the track, at least. The decision to take their feud public did little to cement his position with the team, and one wonders what the effect must have been like in his garage. Still, the veteran put on a show for age and experience, taking 242 points for third in the championship, four wins, and finishing on the podium ten times.
A look ahead: 2010 was a dream season for the team, and there is little reason to think it cannot defend both its titles in 2011. The window is still open for a couple more seasons. Newey will pen the design, Vettel and Webber will be back (and are talking again). Principal Christian Horner and his troops should have learned a great deal from the highs and lows of the championship season. And Dietrich Mateschitz still seems hungry for more. But Red Bull must not rest on its laurels. McLaren, Ferrari, and Mercedes will be angling to make the new tires and rules work to their best advantage, and one mistake could easily put Red Bull on its back foot. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six
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