Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner is cautious over Sebastian Vettel’s chances of taking a fourth title, admitting that the team are taking the second half of the season “one race at a time.”
Vettel took a dominant victory at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend, extending his lead over Fernando Alonso in the championship to 46 points. With almost two race victories in hand, Vettel is rightfully confident about his title chances. However, Red Bull are taking a more cautious approach.
Horner said that the team are not looking at the championship picture just yet, instead they are taking each race as it comes. He is quoted by ESPN saying: “I think his confidence is obviously high, he’s driving extremely well. He’s put in a faultless performance [at Spa] but things can change very quickly.”
He explained: “We saw that last year – he managed to turn it round on Fernando – that things can change very quickly. So there’s still a long way to go, a lot of racing still to be done, and our approach is just to take it one race at a time and try to get the best out of each weekend we possibly can.”
When it was put to Horner that it would be “unthinkable” for Vettel to lose the championship lead, he cited 2012 as an example of a significant advantage being beaten: “Fernando managed to do it last year so nothing’s impossible! 25 points for a victory, a couple of DNFs and somebody puts a run together and you can be on the back foot again.”
He added: “We’ve got ourselves in to a strong position but our focus is very much on moving on from Spa to Monza and then from there on to the international races, so we’ll just take it one race at a time.”
Alongside gunning for the drivers title with Vettel, Red Bull also have a commanding lead in the constructors championship over nearest rivals Mercedes.
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