Horner hails team-man Vettel

Nov 15, 2011, 10:11 IST | PA Sport
Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes Sebastian Vettel proved himself a team player despite the bitter disappointment of his first retirement of the season on Sunday.

Christian Horner

The double world champion could easily have gone into hiding after his car sustained a right-rear puncture just two corners into the 55-lap Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Instead, after making his way back to the garage where a damaged suspension ended his run of 19 consecutive races in the points, Vettel opted to stay with the team and increase his knowledge.

Horner said: "Of course he was disappointed, but he didn't rush to leave the circuit. He decided to hang around to help the team.

"So he joined us on the pitwall to try and offer us the benefit of his experience, what he would be feeling, to help Mark's (Webber) strategy, and for him to get the best result possible.

He was interested to see the pitwall because he is never in a situation where he can hear the strategy unfolding and see how a race operates.

"What he did is part of who he is. He's like a sponge for information, and it also demonstrates what a team
player he is."

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