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Horner: Title race far from over

Christian Horner says the race for the F1 title is far from over despite Sebastian Vettel extending his advantage in Belgium
Christian Horner insists that the F1 title race is still far from over, despite Sebastian Vettel extending his championship lead with victory in the Belgian Grand Prix.

The Red Bull man stormed to victory at Spa ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso to go 46 points clear of the Spaniard in the race for the crown – the biggest lead anyone has had so far this season.

With Vettel having now taken five wins this season, the odds on him winning the title again have plummeted on the back of his Belgian success, although Horner said it was vital not to get too carried away.

"No, definitely not,” he told Sporting Life when quizzed on whether the title race was effectively now over. “There is still a long, long way to go.

"It's obviously great to start the second half of the season with a victory, but as we've seen so far form moves around from race to race, circuit to circuit.

"Yes, it was a dominant win and his confidence is obviously high, he is driving extremely well. He put in a faultless performance at Spa.

"But things can change very quickly, just as we saw last year when he managed to turn things around on Fernando. Our approach will be to take it one race at a time, to get the best out of each weekend."

Horner was also quick to point out that it would only take two retirements in the remaining races for Vettel's advantage to be eroded – meaning there was no opportunity to relax if he is to extend his run of title success.

"With 25 points for a victory, if you have a couple of DNFs and if somebody puts a run together, then you can be on the back foot again,” he said. "We've obviously got ourselves in a strong position, but we'll take it one step at a time.

"Kimi had a bad day but he is still in there, Lewis and Fernando as well because at this stage there are still a lot of points available.

"But you would probably have to say the podium guys will be the main contenders between now and the end of the year."




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F1Rules

August 27, 2013 2:18 AM

Vettel will most likely win the WDC again this year, the other reason being that the other contenders will continue to take points off each other in the chase. Bring on 2014. He'll probably win it again anyway.



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