Monday, 25 August 2014

Horner defends Vettel Belgian Grand Prix performance

(Bernard Asset DPPI for Renault Sport F1)

Infiniti Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has defended reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel's performance during yesterday's Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa Francorchamps circuit where the German finished the race in fifth place behind Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. 

Vettel started the race from third place on the grid and made a great start and ended up in an intense on track battle with Williams Martini Racing's Valtteri Bottas who went on to finish the race on the podium to take his fourth podium in five races. The German finished in 5th place collecting ten points and is now 12 points behind Valtteri Bottas who is in fifth place in Drivers championship.

Horner believes that Vettel's down turn in performance in yesterday's race was not his fault but is unsure whether or not it was caused as a result of damage to the RB10 so the team will investigate what the issue was. 

While Vettel finished the race in fifth place, team mate Daniel Ricciardo secured his third race win in six Grand Prix having taken victory in Canada, Hungary and in Belgium on Sunday. 

Horner has once again reiterated how his team were not expecting Daniel Ricciardo to be so strong going up against a four time world champion in Sebastian Vettel. Ricciardo has really hit the ground running the season and has secured six podium finishes including the three victories. 

The Australian now finds himself in third place in the drivers championship just 35 points behind Lewis Hamilton in the championship battle.

Infiniti Red Bull Racing went to the Belgian Grand Prix not expecting to win the race with Christian Horner saying in the build up to the race that he felt that the teams next real opportunity to win a Grand Prix would come at the Singapore Grand Prix which takes place from September 19 - 21. 

© Ben Johnston 2014

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