Horner: We've yet to see the best of Vettel

By Ubaid Parkar, 11 December 2012
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After Sebastian Vettel claimed his third world championship, Red Bull team principal reckoned that the German driver will only get better in seasons to come.

The 25-year-old became the youngest triple champion in Formula 1 history after he finished sixth at the season-finale Brazilian Grand Prix last month, despite spinning on the opening lap of the race.

Vettel clawed back to claim his third successive title by three points from chief rival Fernando Alonso of Ferrari, in a campaign where the Red Bull driver was 42 points behind the leader midway in the championship.

"I think as his experience grows, he is continuing to grow as a person. We've yet to see the best of him," believed Horner adding that Vettel’s achievements now placed him "amongst the greats" in F1.

Michael Schumacher, meanwhile, was proud of his compatriot’s success

"In a way it reminds of 2003, I had a similar struggle and I just managed to win the championship by a single point,” the seven-time world champion recalled.

Vettel also evoked the memories of F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, about a certain driver he managed back in the late ‘60s.

"He reminds me of Jochen (Rindt),” said the 82-year-old referring to the Austrian who won the 1970 title posthumously.

“Seb will always stay grounded, no matter how big the success. That is what makes real champions. That was also Jochen's strength. Plus both are lousy losers," he added.

 

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