‘Vettel’s Red Bull debriefs lasted two hours’

Date published: June 2 2020

Sebastian Vettel Red Bull

Christian Horner has given an insight into what it was like working with Sebastian Vettel during their glory days at Red Bull together.

Vettel won four World Championship titles with Red Bull from 2010 and 2013, and there is a possibility he will not be on the grid next season now that his exit from Ferrari has been confirmed.

That has led to some reminiscing from his former colleagues and one aspect that Horner was immediately drawn to was Vettel’s attention to detail.

“Sebastian’s debriefs would take about two hours, we’d be half-an-hour in and he’s just completed the formation lap and tested his drinks bottle,” Horner recalled to David Coulthard in the latest episode of F1 Unscripted.

“The detail he used to go into in recounting every stage of the race, every stage of the tyre, it was way too much information for us to be even able to digest but it was a useful exercise for him to go through, recounting what could have been done better.

“Mark [Webber] would take about 15 minutes to do the entire race on the other side of the table, different styles for different people.”

Horner feels detailed feedback is an area that Max Verstappen is also improving in as he continues to add experience to his Formula 1 career.

The Red Bull boss added: “As Max matures, the information coming from him gets deeper and deeper because his understanding of details such as ‘the wind changed on lap six-to-eight when I was approaching Turn 4 and 5’.

“Their ability to recount details is phenomenal.”

Horner is also one of many who would like to see Vettel team up with Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes next year, but recognises it would cause a headache for the Silver Arrows team.

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