Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel told to wrap up the title ‘in style’
Team principal Christian Horner wants the German to seal the world championship at the Japanese GP
Sebastian Vettel has been told to wrap up this year’s world championship “in style” by Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.
The German, who is on the verge of becoming the youngest double world champion, is now just a point from sealing back-to-back titles after his triumph at the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday.
Vettel’s next chance to clinch the title will be at the Japanese Grand Prix in two weeks’ time as the 24-year-old seeks his 10th win of the season – and Horner has told the Red Bull driver to focus on giving it his all in Suzuka.
“I would like to think we have to try quite hard to lose it,” Horner told Autosport. “There are only two of them left now [fighting for the championship], and theoretically it is one point, but it is not over until it is done.
“We will go to Japan with exactly the same approach we came here to Singapore with, and at every race this year: to try and do our best in Japan and ensure we do get that one point. But we will also go for the race win as well.
“It would be great to finish the job off in style – and that is Sebastian’s ninth GP this year. It has been a phenomenal season to date with five races to go.”
Horner believes Vettel has a good chance of winning in Japan next month but warned the defending world champion against complacency.
“Suzuka is a track that Seb certainly has thrived at in recent years,” Horner continued. “It is a track that the car has performed well at, and it would be great to finish the job off there.
“But there are still five races to go and we are going to push to the end of the championship as hard as we can.
“I only asked in the last 10 laps of the Singapore race what the mathematics were, because the focus is on races not the championship. We have got ourselves into a great position there though, and hopefully it will take care of itself.”