Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner has insisted that second place in the F1 2011 Canadian Grand Prix was still a 'very good result' for Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel ran at the front pretty-much throughout the epic race at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which included multiple safety car periods and a two-hour red flag stoppage period due to torrential rain.
However the normally unflappable German cracked on the very last lap, something that allowed a hard-charging Jenson Button through to victory, leaving the defending champion with 'not the sweetest of feelings' [see separate story - click here
While it was a blow though, Vettel still managed to extend his lead in the drivers' championship and he is now 60 points' ahead – the equivalent of more than two victories under the current points system.
Speaking at the finish, Horner was disappointed, but philosophical. Indeed with Vettel having taken five wins and two second places now, it is still an incredibly strong start to the year – a fact Horner was keen to emphasise.
“After a long afternoon and to have pretty much led every lap of the race, it was obviously frustrating to lose the Grand Prix almost in sight of the chequered flag,” Horner reflected. “Jenson was very quick in the closing stages of the race and Sebastian was fighting very hard to keep him out of the DRS zone, as we could see how powerful that was.
“Unfortunately Sebastian made a rare mistake on a day when a lot of drivers made a lot of mistakes. He paid a price, but second is still a very good result and far from disastrous.
“We got a lot of points and Sebastian's only 14 points off a maximum score after seven races, which is an achievement in itself. I think F1 provided tremendous entertainment this afternoon.”
Mark Webber meanwhile finished third in the sister RB6 and Horner was more than happy to see him come back to take the final spot on the podium.
“Mark battled his way back through the field and had a great duel with Michael [Schumacher]; he put in an excellent drive to join Sebastian on the podium, so from a team point of view to get a second and third on a day when neither Fernando [Alonso] nor Lewis [Hamilton] scored, is still a very good afternoon's work,” Horner added.