Horner: Vettel thrives under F1 title pressure

From ESPN - August 12, 2017

Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes Sebastian Vettel performs at his best when under pressure during a Formula One title fight, pointing to his performances in his previous championship-winning campaigns.

Vettel heads into the second half of the 2017 season 14 points clear of chief title rival Lewis Hamilton after sealing his fourth win of the year at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Following their controversial clash under the Safety Car in Baku, Hamilton suggested Vettel's actions reflect the German's lack of composure under pressure.

The majority of the remaining nine circuits are projected to favour Mercedes' package compared to Ferrari's, with reigning F1 world champion Nico Rosberg expecting the Silver Arrows to pull clear of the Scuderia before the end of the season. However, Horner, who oversaw Vettel's four consecutive championship triumphs as team principal at Red Bull, reckons his former driver's strongest performances of 2017 are yet to come.

"Sebastian is a very focused individual," Horner explained. "He handled pressure extremely well. It was almost the more pressure that came on, the better he would respond to it. Particularly when you got to the business end of the championship, he was remarkably strong in his head and his approach. Generally when you got to the flyaway races, you knew if you were with a sniff of having a crack at the championship that he'd deliver from his side."


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