According to Christian Horner, Red Bull’s best-ever victory was in 2010 at Abu Dhabi with Sebastian Vettel behind the wheel.
Vettel clinched his first world championship after winning the race from the pole in a dramatic finale under the lights in Abu Dhabi.
The thrilling title fight had gone down to the wire, with a final showdown between four drivers for the title.
Following the start, Alonso was looking set to clinch the title. He had finished fourth to become the champion but a frustrating final stint behind Vitaly Petrov in which he failed to overtake the Russian saw the title slip from his hands.
Vettel, however, won the race, ahead of the McLaren duo of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, to become the youngest ever F1 world champion.
Vettel’s win saw him finish the championship four points ahead of Alonso, 14 clear of Red Bull teammate Webber, and 16 in front of Hamilton. Surprisingly, Vettel never led the championship at any stage in the 2010 season before the finale.
Christian Horner, fondly looking back at the race during his recent appearance at the Cambridge Union. said:
“Probably because it was completely against the odds, Sebastian winning the last race in Abu Dhabi, because he hadn’t led the championship at all that year in 2010,”
“Fernando Alonso was the favourite to win that championship and that race, and literally against the odds, Sebastian won and where Fernando and Mark [Webber] finished behind him, was enough for him to become the world champion.
“So it was completely against the odds.”
Verstappen and Vettel are different from each other — Horner
When asked to compare his championship-winning racers, Horner described that Verstappen and Vettel are two completely different drivers.
Verstappen clinched his first world title last year after a season-long fierce battle with Lewis Hamilton.
Verstappen looks set to successfully defend his title as he holds an 80-point lead over his rival Charles Leclerc this season.
“They are totally different”.
“Sebastian is very meticulous, into every element of data, every aspect of what’s going on with the car, every component on the car.
“He often would be the last to leave the circuit, and his debriefs… it would take him half an hour just to explain the formation lap, let alone the race.
“Whereas Max is much more simplistic. He’s just this very raw talent. He’s the hungriest driver I’ve ever come across and he just wants to win.
“He’ll give you very straightforward feedback, is very straightforward to his race engineer. They are like an old married couple at times.
“But you know every lap he’s going to give you 110%. And he demands the same from the team.
“So, they are very different personalities, very different characters. But I would say the one thing they do have in common, is their ambition.”
While Verstappen is carrying Red Bull’s legacy forward, their old star Sebastian Vettel will leave the sport after this season to put an end to his glorious career.
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