Red Bull team boss Christian Horner believes Sebastian Vettel “got everything there was” out of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Vettel came through to finish fifth, 2.8 seconds off the McLaren of Jenson Button, despite being rather cautious on the opening lap, something that cost him positions early on to both Kevin Magnussen and Fernando Alonso.
“I think today Sebastian got everything there was,” Horner told reporters, including Crash.net
, after the 18th and penultimate round in the 2014 F1 World Championship. “He lost a bit of ground on the first lap in Turn 4. I think memories of a couple of years ago [2012
] meant he gave a little bit more space down there because he wasn't sure where Magnussen was.
“But I think his recovery thereafter was very good. His move on Kimi [Raikkonen] was very strong and our pitstops and strategy was good. We just weren't quick enough in sectors 1 and 3.
“We were though the head of the non-Mercedes group, [but] unfortunately there is no trophy for that...”
Meanwhile, Horner reiterated that the team is going to investigate the suspension failure that sidelined Daniel Ricciardo on lap 40.
“We obviously need to quarantine the parts and have a good look at whether there has been any contact earlier in the race. We need to understand what the cause is," Horner added.
"He initially thought it was a disc failure, similar to the one we had in practice in Belgium, but actually it was a front left suspension failure.”