Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes Sebastian Vettel's drive in the Spanish Grand Prix shows he has “got his mojo back”.
Vettel has struggled relative to team-mate Daniel Ricciardo on occasions this season as he has failed to get the new Red Bull to his liking. However, in Spain he responded to a gearbox penalty which saw him start 15th on the grid by producing an impressive drive through the field to fourth place. Horner said that last year Vettel had everything in place to deliver his best performances and warned that the signs from last weekend's race were that he was starting to feel comfortable with the new car.
“Sebastian was just clearly a step ahead [in 2013],” Horner said. “His confidence was high, he was on the crest of a wave and then you can walk on water. He had the feeling from the car, everything was going for him and that is what he has been searching for with RB10.
“I think [in Barcelona], you could see in the race the recovery drive that he had, with the fastest lap and the way he hunted down the Ferraris it looked like he got his mojo back.”
And Horner doesn't believe the title race is over for Red Bull despite Mercedes' winning comfortably winning each of the opening five races.
“Mercedes have got themselves in to a dominant position, they've worked hard to get in to that position and we have a choice; we either all pack up and go home or we fight and try to close the gap.
“We've made small inroads [in Spain] and we're determined to keep pushing and keep trying to close that gap down. Obviously maximum points weekend after weekend for them is putting them in a very strong position.”