Losing one-two the only regret on Red Bull’s greatest day

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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner had much to celebrate on Sunday.

His team, still only in its ninth year of competition, won the constructors’ championship for the fourth time. And Sebastian Vettel had romped to an emphatic win which gave him a fourth consecutive drivers’ championship.

But it wasn’t quite the perfect result for the team. With over half the race gone they looked on course for a one-two finish when Mark Webber hit trouble.

“The most disappointing thing today was obviously the failure on Mark’s car when we were set for a one-two finish,” said Horner. “We had a sudden alternator failure, but sometimes that’s racing.”

“It was just desperately disappointing to happen while we were on course to achieve a one-two finish.”

Red Bull had a series of alternator failures last year which caused several retirements and cost Sebastian Vettel a likely win in the European Grand Prix. Since then the team has changed its supplier for the part.

“Obviously I’m pretty disappointed with today’s race, but there is not much I can do, the alternator went wrong with very short notice so we had to stop straight away,” said Webber.

“It’s tough because we did a lot of things right this weekend, but I’ve got a smile on my face as I could not have done any more.”

Webber added his congratulations to Vettel and the rest of the team: “Well done to Seb on his championship and also to all the team; to get a fourth title is amazing.”

“It’s been a great job by the whole team to achieve the title four years on the trot and it has once again set itself as the benchmark for the others.”

UPDATED: INDYCAR Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama under red-flag race stoppage due to rain

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UPDATE: The INDYCAR Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is under a red-flag race stoppage after 19 laps due to rain and puddling on the racing surface at Barber Motorsports Park.

Cleaners and dryers are on the track to try and get some of the water off the racing surface. The low spots on the track, as well as the front stretch, have been particularly troublesome and led to several spinouts and at least two wrecks (Charlie Kimball and outside front pole sitter Will Power).

Power’s day is done after suffering irreparable damage to the left side of his car after hydroplaning on the front straight and running into the inside retaining wall.

ORIGINAL STORY FOLLOWS:

Although rain has been falling for nearly an hour and the Barber Motorsports Park 2.3-mile permanent road course is drenched, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is underway on NBCSN.

The start of the race was moved up from 3:38 p.m. ET to take the green flag at 3:08 p.m. ET.

Josef Newgarden is the defending winner of this race and also will start from the pole for today’s race.

While the race is scheduled for 90 laps, there’s a possibility that if the weather worsens or if lightning appears, it could potentially be shortened to just two hours.

As can be expected, all cars are on rain tires to maximize grip.

Catch the race live on NBCSN.