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Can Bulls take title hat trick?

2012-11-02 09:58

KEEPING THE TEAM TOGETHER: Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner, and driver, Mark Webber, are focused on the Constructors' title.

ABU DHABI, UAE - Red Bull can join Formula 1's grandees by clinching a third successive F1 Constructors' title at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, principal Christian Horner has said.

The 2011 champion team, which has Sebastian Vettel possibly heading for a third Drivers' title in a row, is 91 points ahead of Ferrari and 101 ahead of McLaren with two races and 86 points to be won after Yas Marina.

THREE CONSTRUCTORS' TITLES

There are many permutations but, after winning the previous four races, Red Bull is poised to join Ferrari, McLaren and Williams as only the fourth team to chalk up three Constructors' championships in a row.

Horner said: "If we achieve a triple championship, it's something that would be far and away above our biggest achievement. There are very few teams that have won three Constructors' in succession."

Vettel, 16 points clear of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, can't wrap up the Drivers' title in Abu Dhabi but he can take a big stride towards it. History is on his side, with Vettel having won the previous four races in a row. No other driver has done that in a single season and not won the title, something Horner was reminded of on Thursday.

This year has been more close-fought than 2011, when Red Bull arrived in Abu Dhabi with both titles won, but less so than 2010 when Vettel snatched his first crown from under Alonso's nose right at the finish in what was then the season-ender.

What has changed is the role to be played by Australian Mark Webber, who is now 73 points behind his team mate and could be mathematically out of the title chase by the end of the 2012 Abu Dhabi GP.

Horner said at the 2012 Indian GP that the team would not invoke so-called “team orders” but he subtly changed his tone on Thursday, November 1, 2012.

Vettel had not realised until after he left the 2012 Indian GP circuit after his victory just how close the team was to winning the Constructors' crown.

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