Horner: Singapore drive one of Vettel's best
24 September 2013 – Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has hailed Sebastian Vettel’s performance in Singapore last weekend as ‘one of his strongest ever drives’.
Vettel dominated the 13th round in the 2013 F1 World Championship, and apart from losing out initially to Nico Rosberg at the start on the run down to Turn 1, the three-time F1 World Champion led from start-to-finish, eventually finishing more than 30 seconds up on his closest rival.
It was a real master class and at times Vettel was up to two seconds quicker than the rest of the pack, easily pulling clear again after the safety car period, which of course meant he lost the 13-second cushion he had built up prior to Daniel Ricciardo’s crash.
“It was a phenomenal performance by Sebastian,” Horner said. “It was one of his strongest ever drives, particularly after the safety car came out halfway through the race.
“It [the safety car] wasn’t the best moment for us and after that, Seb needed to pull out a gap of 27 seconds. He pulled out 30 seconds in 15 laps, at times lapping over two seconds quicker than the rest of the field; it was incredible to watch and it was a thoroughly deserved and really dominant victory.”
Despite that success though, Horner conceded the race was ‘bittersweet’ given Mark Webber’s final lap retirement in the sister car.
“There was huge frustration for Mark that after two hours of driving really well we could see with 12 laps to go that we began to lose water pressure.
“The water then effectively ran out at which point it is only a matter of time until the engine overheats, which is what happened on the last lap – it was cruel luck,” Horner concluded.