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Ecclestone and Horner amazed by Vettel's driving

They both believe the German is still improving and that he has not reached his peak.
Friday, September 30, 2011

September 29th 2011 (F1plus Team).- Both Bernie Ecclestone, Formula 1 supremo and Chris Horner, Principal at Red Bull Racing agree in one thing: Sebastian Vettel is still getting better, something that sounds a bit scary for the other racers.

The 80-year-old, head of Formula One Management (FOM), is expecting 'a lot' more from the almost-crowned double World Champion.

Chances are near to impossible that Vettel will not pick up his second title and therefore become F1’s youngest ever back-to-back Champion in Japan next weekend.

“There is no end in sight to that (upward) curve,” Ecclestone told the official F1 website about the Red Bull driver. “There is still a lot to come from him. Sebastian has an absolute will to succeed, but has stayed very grounded.

“No win, however big, will stop him being grounded; that is immensely important in this business. Seb is relaxed and will always remain true to himself - that is why things come easy.”

On a similar note, Christian Horner , his boss at Red Bull considers the German to be in constant state of improvement.

Vettel took his ninth win of the season with another dominant display in Singapore, which means his worst result of the year remains a fourth place in Germany.

"He is getting better with every bit of experience that he gains," Horner said. "I was particularly impressed with how he showed his critics how the wind blows. All those who always claimed that he's not a real racer but somebody who prefers to bag points had to rub their eyes after seeing his courageous overtaking of Alonso in Monza. Right now he's the driver who sets the pattern. He's got immense speed and breath-taking consistency."

Horner then attributes some of that maturity in Vettel to a combination of factors that have taken place in the last 12 months.

"Firstly, because we've grown as a team and have learnt from our mistakes from last year, and secondly because the title win boosted Sebastian's self-confidence significantly. He knows now what he is capable of and builds on that."

Having praised Vettel, Horner also said that he felt his team-mate Mark Webber was being "undervalued".

"Well, he's still motivated enough to beat anybody except Sebastian... And it seems all too convenient to underestimate Mark when comparing him against Seb. But that is definitely a huge mistake. Mark is undervalued right now."

Vettel at Singapore for his 9th victory of the season.

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