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Horner: This was Vettel at his very best

Sep 22, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has congratulated Sebastian Vettel on taking such an imperious victory in Singapore today, believe that it is one of the German driver’s best performances in Formula One.

Vettel’s commanding victory at the Marina Bay Street Circuit came despite making a poor start and having his early lead eradicated by a safety car period. Eventually, he crossed the line thirty seconds ahead of closest challenger Fernando Alonso, and Horner believes that this was Vettel at his very best.

“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 wasn’t the best moment for us and after that, Seb needed to pull out a gap of twenty-seven seconds. He pulled out thirty seconds in fifteen 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 today.”

Red Bull did not have it all their own way in Singapore though, with Mark Webber suffering from an overheating engine late on that forced him to retire on the final lap. However, the result does see Vettel extend his lead in the drivers’ championship to sixty points which, with just 150 left to play for, could prove to be unassailable.

  1. Jeff - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Another dominating win for the best racer in F1.

    • indycarseries500 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      He’s got the total package, great driver, great team, great car but the best racers in Formula 1 were right behind in 2nd and 3rd.

  2. worknman24hours - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    No matter how great the car is, the driver must work it flawlessly to get the result seen today.

    Congrats to the Red Bull team for their car,strategy and pit crew work and to Sebastian Vettel for making the most of all of that.

    Thirty seconds plus ahead ( with safety cars no less) at the end of the race doesn’t lie.

    This was a massacre of the rest of the field.

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