The power behind Vettel's title

The power behind Vettel's title

Sebastian Vettel made the headlines at Suzuka last weekend by winning his second world championship, but Red Bull's engine supplier, Renault, has been a crucial, if unseen, part of his title success, as Dieter Rencken explains

Last Sunday evening published various commemorative features on Formula 1's newly-crowned (and youngest) double world champion, Sebastian Vettel. Since the flag had fallen after 53 gruelling laps of racing at Suzuka, arguably the best circuit on the calendar currently, the 24-year-old German, who finished third to clinch the title with four races to go, had been on a rollercoaster ride, with the entire paddock wanting a part of him. He did not disappoint, dutifully thanking all those who had conspired to make his dream come true (again).

Among the features was one titled 'Vettel's world title year in pictures,' which in a sequence of 42 photographs perfectly captured his road to the 2011 championship. However, the logo of the real power behind his throne – Renault – is visible in just six of the visuals, so low-key has been the engine supplier's partnership with Red Bull Racing.

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