Red Bull has smashed records by securing its sixth constructors’ championship in its 19-year history, marking a groundbreaking achievement with the maximum number of races still to play out.
Emerging triumphant at the Japanese Grand Prix, Max Verstappen lived up to the occasion at Suzuka and bagged a resounding win with a 19.4s lead over his rival, Lando Norris. This feat adorned Red Bull‘s glorious tally for the season with their 15th victory.
Results from Suzuka positioned Red Bull at the top of the constructor’s championships with an impressive six races left to play out, a feat that shattered preceding records held by McLaren and Ferrari. Notwithstanding, direct comparisons cannot be made, given there are 22 races in this year’s championship, an increase from 16 in 1988 and 18 in 2004.
This win brings Honda it’s eighth constructors’ title; the brand supplies the engines powering the formidable Red Bull team. Undoubtedly, it was an iconic win, made all the more special with the title being secured right at their home turf, Suzuka.
In connection with prize money allocated by Formula One, securing the constructors’ championship also means a substantial cash uplift for the team members.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner enthusiastically conveyed to Verstappen over the radio, “Max that was absolutely fantastic. You were 19.4s ahead of the rest of the field and that wins our sixth constructors’ championship.”
In response, an equally exhilarated Verstappen said, “What an unbelievable championship we are having. You can all be very proud back at the factory and here at the track. You’ve given me a rocket ship of a car.”
Coming hot on the heels of a similar title win last year at the U.S. Grand Prix, this marks Red Bull’s second consecutive constructors’ championship after an eight-year lull.
With an unchallenged control of the season, Red Bull has come out victorious in 15 of the 16 races to date in 2023. However, aspirations of a flawless season ended on a high at the Singapore Grand Prix, where Ferrari‘s Carlos Sainz became the only non-Red-Bull winner.
In this triumphant scenario, Verstappen finds himself on the verge of bagging his third championship. The only person standing in his way now is teammate Sergio Perez, who would need to outdo him by six points at the upcoming sprint race in Qatar.
If Verstappen’s victory crowns him as the champion at the sprint race, it will be a novel occurrence in the history of the championship. This season, Verstappen has already won 13 races, including an incredible run of 10 consecutive victories from Miami in May to Monza earlier this month.
Meanwhile, the fight for the second spot in the constructors’ championship is up in the air, with Mercedes holding a 20-point lead over Ferrari, who are third, and an 84-point lead over Aston Martin in fourth. As a result of McLaren‘s impressive performance in Suzuka, they now trail Aston Martin by 49 points.