Meanwhile, having stated last week that it is 'very, very likely' that Webber will be staying put next year [see separate story – click here
] and after the Aussie got to 'the closest I have been [to Vettel] for a while' in the European Grand Prix in Valencia last time out, Horner is confident the driver of the #2 RB7 is now inexorably narrowing the gap to his dominant team-mate.
“It was the best race of the season from Mark in terms of the performance from the tyres,” he told French publication L'Équipe
, alluding to the six-time grand prix-winner's well-documented struggles since F1 switched from Bridgestone rubber to Pirelli.
“He has never been this close to Seb [in 2011], and he controlled it well. I hope he will stay on his (Vettel's) heels, because it's no secret that he has had problems with the tyres this year. Now he understands them better. Just look at the difference in [Valencia]; for 90 per cent he was four-to-five seconds from Seb. I hope this result gives him great confidence for the future.”