Horner praises Vettel maturity
2 July 2014 – Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner has praised Sebastian Vettel's 'remarkable' maturity this season in the wake of all the problems that have beset the four-time Formula 1 World Champion.
Vettel suffered his second retirement in three races in Austria two weeks ago and currently sits fifth in the 2014 F1 Drivers' Championship, with just 60 points on the board, 23 points less than team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who is third and a massive 105 points off Mercedes man Nico Rosberg, who is currently top.
"He's been remarkably mature about it to be honest with you," Horner told selected media this week, including GPUpdate.net, when asked how the German has reacted to all the problems that have plagued Red Bull and Renault in 2014.
"Not shallow in any way and not spitting his dummy or throwing his toys out. He's had the majority of the problems this year. He recognises that he enjoyed a lot of success with Renault power and now isn't the time to be giving them a particularly hard time.
"But obviously he wants to be running at the front. He doesn't want to be retiring from Grands Prix or experiencing the problems that he has had. What we need with Sebastian is a clean weekend; Friday, Saturday and Sunday where he's able to get the most out of the car and engine package."
So has he written off the season? "Not at all, not at all," Horner insisted. "We're not even half way yet. He's written nothing off yet."
"There's still a long way to go," he added.