Vettel is now Alonso’s only F1 title rival, says Red Bull’s Horner

Christian Horner believes Sebastian Vettel is now Fernando Alonso's only real rival in the race for the drivers' championship

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Sebastian Vettel and Christian Horner Photo: Getty Images, courtesy of Red Bull Racing

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Christian Horner believes Sebastian Vettel is now Fernando Alonso’s only real rival in the race for the Formula 1 drivers’ championship.

Red Bull’s double defending world champion slashed the gap to Alonso to just four points with his victory at last weekend’s Korean Grand Prix after the Ferrari driver failed to finish.

And despite Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton being 37 and 42 points behind the leader, Red Bull team principal Horner believes it is now a two-man race ahead of Sunday’s Korean Grand Prix.

“We need to keep trying to get performance out of the car, and the championship now is effectively a battle of five races between Fernando and Sebastian,” said Horner.

“You can’t rule out the others but whoever does the best job over the next five races will ultimately prevail. I think that Fernando is a very shrewd and formidable opponent.

“Sebastian has had two DNFs because of reliability, Fernando has been unlucky with [Romain] Grosjean at Spa and with his puncture here.

“Luck tends to balance itself out over a 20-race season and it will be down to what the two of them do on track now and the relative performances of the cars over the remaining five races.”

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