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SBD Global/November 28, 2012/Franchises

Red Bull Racing Employees Pick Up $16K Bonus After Winning Constructors' Title

All 550 Red Bull Racing employees will receive a £10,000 ($16,000) bonus after driver Sebastian Vettel helped his team win the constructors' title at the U.S. Grand Prix Nov. 18, according to Phil Duncan of the London DAILY MAIL. Team principal Christian Horner "stressed that the key ingredient behind his team's unprecedented success was its people." They will now be rewarded with "a tidy bonus just in time for the festive season."  Meanwhile, at rival McLaren, "the picture isn't quite so rosy." Driver Lewis Hamilton's retirement from the lead of the season-ending race in Brazil has cost the British team in excess of £7M ($11M) in prize money -- the "difference between finishing second and third in the constructors' championship" (DAILY MAIL, 11/27). In London, Tom Cary reported McLaren’s lack of title success since '00 -- Hamilton’s drivers’ championship in '08 remains the only title they have won -- "raises the pressure" on team principal Martin Whitmarsh, who "must cope next season without arguably the fastest driver in the sport" (TELEGRAPH, 11/26).
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