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Red Bull Racing

Red Bull claim Constructors' Championship after Mateschitz passing

Red Bull have dethroned Mercedes to win the 2022 Constructors' Championship with victory in the US Grand Prix.

Verstappen US GP Grid
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Red Bull have claimed the 2022 Formula 1 Constructors' Championship - ending eight years of Mercedes domination - the day after the passing of owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

Knowing a race victory would seal the title - the fifth for the team in their history - Max Verstappen duly delivered as the team mourns the death of owner Mateschitz, who passed away aged 78 on Saturday.

However, Red Bull made hard work of the race with a botched pitstop on Lap 36 delaying Verstappen by 11.1 seconds.

This dropped him behind Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc with 20 laps to go, but he cleared the Ferrari on Lap 39, before reeling in Hamilton, who was on Hard tyres to Verstappen's Mediums.

On Lap 50, Verstappen dived past to take the lead and pull away for a comfortable win.

It is Red Bull's first Constructors' title since 2013 when Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber secured the crown, with Verstappen also equalling the all-time wins record in a season with 13.

Teammate Sergio Perez was fourth, having carried front wing damage for almost all of the race after contact on the first lap.

In winning the title, Red Bull become the first team other than Mercedes in the turbo-hybrid era to claim the Constructors' Championship.

The two teams have taken the Constructors' honours every year between them since 2010, although 2009 champions Brawn GP morphed into Mercedes for the following campaign.

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