Vettel DNF Turn Off for Fans: Horner

Published 10/15/2017, 1:15 PM EDT

So it seems that Ferrari’s and Vettel’s recent DNFs have alarmed a number of people. Recently, Mercedes and Hamilton weighed in on the Vettel DNF situation. Now, Red Bull and Christian Horner spoke on the issue. Vettel’s former boss Horner, believes that it spells bad news for both the driver and F1’s followers. To everyone, it means the fight for glory and the 2017 F1 Drivers Championship is all but over.


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Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari with Christian Horner (GBR) Red Bull Racing Team Principal.

Horner said “They’ve obviously had some bad luck. But I feel especially sorry for Sebastian because it’s a killer blow for his championship and, really, for the fans. It looks like we’re not going to have the exciting run-in that in the summer break it looked like it would be.”

The Vettel DNF was absolutely gutting

The way that Ferrari’s title challenge has fallen apart over the last three races is likely to add pressure to the team’s management, as it will have to explain just why things went wrong. Horner said it was hard to predict exactly what would happen at Ferrari in its effort to respond to its dramas. He said “I think it’s very difficult to judge from the outside. Formula 1 is a technical sport, cars are very complex, things go wrong – we’ve seen that with our own power unit this year. Different teams deal it with it different ways, I guess… it’s not for me to judge how Ferrari will react.”

The next race is in Austin, Texas. Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel will be hoping that nothing goes wrong here for the sake of the championship. Will Ferrari be able to get to the bottom of their reliability issues? or will Mercedes run away with the championship?



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