Winning a championship is a great feat for both team and driver. And in the case of Sebastian Vettel winning for Red Bull, no one can argue if the glove fits. Vettel matured a lot since last year, but was still charging on the tracks, not losing his edge. Starting out by securing poles in a row and three race wins, only to take four more poles and an additional three victories means, that Vettel is sitting nicely on top in the standings. But is he getting big-headed? Apparently Christian Horner seems to think so…
Six wins out of eleven races, and leading Mark Webber by 85 points, is remarkable. But with cracks appearing in the veneer at Silverstone - the race was won by Fernando Alonso – two more races followed, one won by Lewis Hamilton, the other by his team-mate Jenson Button, it seems Vettel is searching a bit too hard for a quick-fix to the “problems” the Red Bull are having. he has called for a change in tactics, a different approach, so they can get back to winning more races. But Horner thinks Vettel should keep his nose out of something that is not his business.
“We work as a team and the drivers don’t need to tell the team we need to respond,”said Horner. Sebastian Vettel said that the team needs to attack again, and perhaps that comment prompted Horner to get a little hot-headed.
“It’s fair to say that in the last couple of events Ferrari and McLaren on race pace have made a step forwards, we need to have a look why,” Vettel said.
“But we also need to have a look at ourselves, there is plenty of stuff to learn and things that we can improve without looking at the others. That has to be a target for the next race and for the second half of the season.
“With so many races you have to be prepared and you shouldn’t be surprised if you face some difficult races. But the target for the next race is to attack completely and try to win again.”
Christian Horner is sticking to a plan for the year that seems to work. Vettel is getting impatient, but this is natural for a young, hungry driver, who have won his first championship. He wants more and Vettel´s determination is larger than anything else in his personality, so winning really is everything for him.
“We need to keep doing the best job we can and keep getting developments to the car,” said Horner.
“If you look at all the races this year, I don’t think there are any races that we’ve run away and hugely dominated.”
“If you think back to Melbourne, Hamilton was closely behind Seb and in Barcelona, even in Valencia Alonso was very tight with us.
“Operationally we’ve been very, very sharp and we’ve extracted the best from the car on a grand prix weekend and that’s where the team has been very strong this year.
“These tyres are very complicated but the one thing that has been consistent is Red Bull running at the front.”