Even though both Vettel and his team were very disappointed about the DNF at the European Grand Prix on Sunday, Team Principal Christian Horner is confident that Red Bull’s Champion is still strong enough to challenge at the front.
The German driver had the lead in the Valencian Grand Prix the entire time. Just before the Safety Car was deployed, after which Vettel’s car broke down, he had a leading advantage of 20 seconds.
“We were in a commanding position, so it was very disappointing to have a DNF,” Horner said.
“Together with Renault, I’m sure we’ll learn from it and hopefully we will not see a repeat. The comfort we must take out of Seb’s performance was that he was in complete control and had tremendous pace. We know we have a quick car and we have had three poles from the last three races – and that is encouraging.”
Even though Horner has confidence in his team, he still reckons the threat of Alonso and Hamilton. “Fernando has done a tremendous job, scoring in every single race, but statistics say he has to have one bad weekend in 20,” the Team Principal continues. “It will hopefully balance itself out over the course of the season. Others had difficult days as well – Lewis (Hamilton) did not finish – but we have extended our lead in the Constructors’ Championship by a further eight points.”
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