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SINGAPORE -- Sebastian Vettel is now a much mature driver according to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, considering how the German has kept himself in contention for the title this year.
The defending champion registered a “timely win” at the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday, closing the gap to championship leader Fernando Alonso in a weekend following his retirement at the Italian Grand Prix two weeks ago.
“I think he has the benefit of experience now. He has never given up. He has had some adversity thrown at him and I have never seen his focus going into a Grand Prix as he was this evening,” Horner said.
Vettel started from third on the grid but benefitted from a good start and the retirement of the Lewis Hamilton from the lead. But the German was able to keep with the McLaren before the Briton’s exit to keep him in contention throughout the race although qualifying suggested otherwise.
“I’d love to be able to give you an explanation for that but I’m not going to bullshit you because we have no idea!” Horner said referring to the qualifying result. “For some reason the grip didn’t feel on there, particularly in the last run. We need to go away and analyse it.”