Horner: Not Vettel's fault he only finished fifth
25 August 2014 – Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has defended Sebastian Vettel and has said it was not "his fault" he only finished fifth in the Belgian Grand Prix.
Vettel started strongly ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, however at the finish, it was Ricciardo that won - for the third time this season.
Vettel, in contrast, was more than 50 seconds adrift and will now go to Monza next month still looking for his first win of the year.
"After a great start, Seb was racing with [Valtteri] Bottas, we didn't want to get undercut so we pitted quite aggressively with him to make sure we stayed ahead of him," Horner explained. "Thereafter, however, we seemed to struggle with pace.
"Whether there's some damage with the car or not we really need to look into, but it wasn't Sebastian's fault."
Meanwhile, Horner was full of praise for Ricciardo, who again made his team-mate look rather second class.
"Of all the tracks to win at, Spa was one of the ones that we didn't expect to!" Horner added.
"Daniel drove an incredible race and had good pace throughout; it got very close at the end there with Nico [Rosbebrg], but he just managed to hold on and have enough in hand to get to the chequered flag first.
"A phenomenal performance to get our 50th win."