Horner: Some strong years to come from Vettel

Red Bull and McLaren have done a better job in pre-season test, and penultimate day of the Barcelona test Red Bull Launched brand new RB8 chassis. Last two seasons Red Bull Racing entirely dominates in track and Sebastian Vettel set back to back world title.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has cautioned Vettel’s rivals the German still quite a humble guy and ambitious young man. And Horner believes Vettel still has room to grow as he goes in search of his third World title.

“Sebastian’s quite a humble guy and he almost can’t believe the illustrious company that he sits with, with the achievements he’s got in the sport,” Horner told Sky Sports.

“He’s an ambitious young man, he’s hungry for more success, and I think he would feel hugely privileged if he were to join that elite group.

“And you forget how young he is – he’s still 24 years of age. We’ve yet to see the best of him. He’s still emerging and blossoming as a driver, as a talent, and I think there is some strong years to come from him. We’ve got six World Champions on the grid this year – which is a record pretty much within itself,” he said.

“The two Brits at McLaren are both going to be strong. Jenson [Button] drove tremendously last year with phenomenal consistency; Lewis Hamilton’s an obvious talent that, given the right equipment, will be right there.

“Fernando Alonso, everyone knows what his abilities are. The unknowns really are Mercedes and Lotus – are their cars going to be competitive enough to let their drivers run at the front?

“So it’s set for a really exciting season. The quality of the field, I can’t remember a time when there’s been such strength in depth at the front of a Formula 1 field.”

“I think 2011 was a tough year for Mark, but he never gave up,” Horner said about the Red Bull speedy Webber. At times he didn’t look like he enjoyed the 2011 season too much. I think the best tonic for him was winning that final race in Brazil, remembering what it’s like to win a grand prix, to stand on the top step of the podium.

“That’s the biggest thing that’s across in the pre-season testing – he’s enjoying driving the car, he’s not putting too much pressure on himself, which perhaps he did at times last year.”

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