Horner: We have yet to see the best of Vettel

Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal and World Champion Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme. Formula One World Championship, Rd20 Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 25 November 2012.

Christian Horner celebrates with Sebastian Vettel after the Brzilian GP

Nov.28 (Reuters) Sebastian Vettel will only get better and better as a driver. So predicts Red Bull team principal Christian Horner after witnessing the German becoming the youngest triple Formula One world champion, in the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25:  Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates with Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey (L) and Team Principal Christian Horner (C) on the podium as he finishes in sixth position and clinches his third consecutive drivers world championship during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel; Christian Horner; Adrian NeweyHorner, who also said that McLaren would be weakened by Briton Lewis Hamilton’s departure to Mercedes, was full of praise for Vettel as the Red Bull team arrived home to their Milton Keynes base in England on Tuesday.

“I think as his experience grows, he is continuing to grow as a person. We’ve yet to see the best of him,” Horner told reporters of a 25-year-old he describes as “amongst the greats”.

The ominous warning to Red Bull’s rivals came after the team clinched the driver and constructor world titles for the third year in a row.

Vettel showed immense composure at Interlagos, finding himself at the back of the field and facing backwards after an early crash before fighting his way up to sixth to beat Ferrari‘s Fernando Alonso to the title by three points.

Car designer Adrian Newey was again integral to Red Bull’s success, however, and Horner hailed a technical genius who almost all the other teams would love to have.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 25:  Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing leads from team mate Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing as he drives on his way to finishing in sixth position and clinching the drivers world championship during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 25, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel; Mark Webber“The team is working fantastically well, we have some great members of the team with great technical leadership from Adrian Newey, but it has to flow through the whole organisation and I think what we have achieved with sustained success is quite phenomenal,” Horner told Sky Sports.

“F1 at the moment is going through a halcyon period.”

Mercedes finished in fifth spot after another disappointing season for the much-hyped Germans, who waved goodbye to retiring seven-time champion Michael Schumacher after three years of abject failure since his comeback.

While Mercedes crave a man like Newey to try to substantially boost their performance, Horner thinks 2008 world champion Hamilton’s arrival behind the wheel will at least give them some more zip.

“I think McLaren is a weaker team without Lewis,” the Briton said. “I think McLaren would admit that.

“Whichever team had taken Lewis, he would be an asset. I’m sure he will naturally add performance to Mercedes next year.”

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  • Butterfly

    Horner is talking about Vettel actually winning a race from 4th or lower on the grid or in a bad car.

    Or him actually seeing the yellow flags on track or not crashing into every obstacle in his way.

  • Anthony

    Oh Butterfly, I know betting on the wrong horse sucks, but being so petty is very unbecoming.

  • jl

    well, actually slow horse will make you loose a lot of money!
    But bad atittude driver even worse, he will blame and kick his own horse! Alonso ride a horse right?

  • Alonso_is_slow

    … at the same time Alonso is going down. Now he cannot even match the old slow Massa.

  • suhas

    This is too much now. Best of vettel he says, I believe this is his last title that he has won. He should retire now because he is going to loose henceforth.

  • Butterfly


    If he gets to keep it.

  • GS

    he doesn’t need it. al so he could not show his true own potential. because we drives with a full of red bull owned teams, renault powered cars and german drivers’ support.

  • jl

    Well, may be Vettel not the best.
    BUT,…… he beat a driver who claim himself the best on his prime age, more experienced and have better team,just in such young age. Triple back to back WDC,…. Great car just an advantage while it doesn’t have good reliability.

  • jl

    Alonso is the best, absolutely the best.
    But,.. the best already defeated.
    So,… who is the best here?