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Horner: Unlucky Seb will bounce back

Tuesday 29-July-2014 08:15

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is hoping the summer break will bring a change in fortune for Sebastian Vettel.

The four-time World Champion has had a disappointing 2014 campaign to date and finds himself 43 points behind new team-mate Daniel Ricciardo with eight races still to go.

Vettel was once again left frustrated in Hungary over the weekend as he finished seventh after starting P2 while Ricciardo came from fifth on the grid to win the race.

However, the German can count his lucky stars that he even managed to see the chequered flag at the Hungagoring as he nearly hit the wall at the final corner after skidding across the track.

F1 now heads into their annual summer break and Horner is upbeat that the 27-year-old will come back revitalised.

"Nothing really went his way, apart from a bit of luck not hitting the wall very hard," he said. "He ended up flat-spotting the tyres, so he had to pit, and we went for the prime tyre to the end of the race.

"He did a great job in making that tyre go the distance and holding (Valtteri) Bottas who was three seconds a lap quicker over the final laps. He made the Red Bull as wide as I have ever seen it.

"He now deserves a well-earned break, to take a bit of time out, and he will come back strong.

"Up until his issues the weekend was a strong one for him because on Friday he was quick and Saturday he was fantastic in qualifying.

"He was just unlucky in the race, and that is the way his luck has gone in the first half of the year, but it can change very quickly."

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