Drivers: Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber
Best Finish: 1st (Australia, Malaysia, Turkey, Spain, Monaco, Europe, Belgium, Italy, Singapore, Korea, India, Brazil)
Best Qualifying Result: 1st (Australia, Malaysia, China, Turkey, Spain, Monaco, Canada, Europe, Britain, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, Italy, Singapore, Japan, India, Abu Dhabi, Brazil)
Constructor's Championship: 1st
World Champions in 2010, but only just. They cruised this year, with their star man Sebastian Vettel driving a world class season, winning eleven races. Red Bull won twelve, and were on pole at all but one race. Such was their qualifying dominance that the one time when they were knocked off pole, in Korea, everyone was shocked. They were on the front row at every race, and were on the podium in all but one Grand Prix. It started with a very comfortable pole-win in Melbourne for Vettel, as Webber came home fifth. This Grand Prix set the tone for the year: Vettel flies, while Webber doesn't really get close to the German. It was the same thing in Malaysia, as Vettel marched to the win, with Webber in fourth. In China, Vettel took pole again, but they didn't win for the first time in 2011, with Lewis Hamilton beating Vettel. Mark Webber drove a brilliant race from eighteenth to third. Red Bull were back though in Turkey, taking a fantastic one-two finish as Vettel led Webber home in a comfortable race. Spain, and Webber beat Vettel to pole, but nothing was going to stop the German, as he drove excellently to the win, as Webber came home fourth. At Monaco, Vettel drove one of the best races of his life as he did a genius one-stop strategy to win, as Webber yet again came fourth. Canada, and shock as the team didn't win, Vettel throwing away victory on the last lap, as he and Webber came 2nd and 3rd. However, at this point they had a 69 point lead in the Constructor's Championship, after just seven races. Valencia, and yet another pole-win for Vettel, never looking troubled as Webber took third place. Silverstone was the start of Red Bull's "downfall," finishing second and third, as Alonso beat them to victory. However, many were angry, after Red Bull used team orders on the last lap to tell Webber not to overtake Vettel for 2nd. Vettel endured a scruffy weekend in Germany, finishing fourth as Webber beat him for the first time in 2011, taking third place. They didn't win again in Hungary, as Vettel came 2nd and Webber came fifth. Red Bull were back to form in Belgium though, taking a fantastic one-two finish, with Vettel leading as they strolled on a track they are supposed to be weak at. Ar apparently their worst track, Monza, Vettel, aided by a wonderful overtaking move on Alonso, took victory, while a mistake from Webber meant Red Bull recorded their first DNF of 2011. It was a third straight win in Singapore for Vettel, which meant he needed just a point to take the World Championship. Third in Japan confirmed that, and a Red Bull one-three in Korea (despite missing out ogn pole for the first time in 2011) meant they won the Constructor's Championship. The double for two years in a row, what an impressive feat. Vettel strolled to victory in India, but Webber was only fourth again. Vettel spun off from the lead in Abu Dhabi, and Webber finished fourth, meaning they were off the podium for the first time this year. They finished the year with a lockout of the front row, and Webber taking his first win of the year, at Brazil, to close a fabulous year. The team were amazing, and every element of them was improved on the difficult 2010. They will be incredibly hard to beat in 2012.
Best Finish: 1st (Australia, Malaysia, Turkey, Spain, Monaco, Europe, Belgium, Italy, Singapore, Korea, India)
Driver's Championship: 1st
|Vettel on fire in Singapore|
Best Finish: 1st (Brazil)
Driver's Championship: 3rd
|Webber wins in Brazil|
It must have been incredibly difficult for Webber this year, seeing his team mate do so well while he struggled with the Red Bull. He only took one race win this year, as opposed to four in 2010. He didn't drive badly, but it was just amazing how far he was behind Vettel. In Australia, he qualified third, but finished fifth after a quiet race. Malaysia was the same really, qualifying third, but finishing fourth this time in another race where his team mate cruised to victory. China was his best drive of the season. Red Bull sent him out in Q1 on the prime tyres, and for whatever reason, Webber couldn't get into Q2. This meant he started eighteenth, and fell to twentieth on the first lap. However, Webber drove a marvellous race, battling from the back, to pass various drivers, and the Australian took third place from Jenson Button on the last lap, in one of his best ever drives. Turkey, and Webber proved his overtaking prowess, with his first exhibit in the best overtakes of the year, passing Fernando Alonso to take 2nd place. In Spain, Webber took his first pole of 2011, with a strong lap. However, he was passed by both Vettel and Alonso at the start, and finished a very frustrating fourth. He would've fancied his chances at Monaco, after winning there in 2010, and he qualified third, but yet again made a poor start, and finished fourth. Canada was a good drive from Webber, and after being spun around by Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap, he battled from the back to take 3rd place, with a very strong drive, and easily his best apart from China. In Valencia, Webber produced what he thought was his "best drive of 2011", battling Fernando Alonso hard before losing, and finishing third. Webber took pole at Silverstone, but yet again made a poor start, losing the lead to Vettel. With just a few laps left, he was chasing down his team mate, and looked like he was going to pass him for 2nd place, but wasn't allowed to after his team ordered him to "maintain the gap." Webber was clearly not happy about these team orders, but managed to beat Vettel for the first time in 2011 in the next race. He took his second pole in a row, but lost the lead of the German Grand Prix on the first lap. He drove brilliantly though, and led for some time, but in the end Hamilton and Alonso were just a little too much for him, and he finished third, his fourth third place in a row. At Hungary, he qualified a disappointing sixth, and lost places at the start again, before finishing fifth, in a race he won in 2010. He looked very close to pole in Belgium, but could only qualify third. However, he had a great race, performing an overtake widely regarded as the best of the year, skilfully and bravely passing Fernando Alonso up Eau Rouge, before finishing 2nd. Italy was not a good rae, crashing out after hitting Felipe Massa early on, and recording Red Bull's first DNF of the season. Webber qualified on the front row in Singapore, but lost places at the start again, before making yet another brilliant move on Fernando Alonso, into the chicane, which earnt him his third spot on the overtakes of the season article. He qualified sixth in Japan after a qualifying mix up, and finished fourth. Webber had a good race in Korea, battling extremely hard with Lewis Hamilton, but he simply couldn't find a way past, and had to settle for third place. He was on the front row in India, but was passed by Jenson Button on the opening lap, and then Fernando Alonso beat him at the pit stops, demoting him to fourth. Webber had to make an extra stop in a frustrating Abu Dhabi race, as he came home fourth. However, he ended the season well, driving a great race in Brazil to take the race win, his first of 2011. This win meant he took third in the championship, where he was last year. However, it was still a very average season for Vettel, outqualifed 16-3, and out raced 16-3 also.
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