Vettel received from pole place at a dramatic season finale and clinch his maiden F1 title after seeing different outcomes go his method.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was the favorite to win the title on condition that he was forward of Mark Webber and Vettel within the championship going into the four-way showdown at Yas Marina.
However the Spaniard’s hopes of changing into a three-time world champion had been dashed as he completed a pissed off seventh behind Vitaly Petrov when he solely required a fourth place to seal the drivers’ crown.
Vettel’s victory forward of Lewis Hamilton, who had a slim title probability, and Jenson Button, noticed the 23-year-old German grew to become the youngest champion in F1 historical past.
He completed the season 4 factors away from Alonso, 14 forward of Pink Bull teammate Webber, and 16 in entrance of Hamilton.
“In all probability as a result of it was fully in opposition to the percentages, Sebastian profitable the final race in Abu Dhabi, as a result of he hadn’t led the championship in any respect that 12 months in 2010,” Horner stated throughout a current look on the Cambridge Union.
“Fernando Alonso was the favorite to win that championship and that race, and actually in opposition to the percentages, Sebastian received and the place Fernando and Mark [Webber] completed behind him, was sufficient for him to turn into the world champion.
“So it was fully in opposition to the percentages.”
Verstappen and Vettel ‘completely completely different’
Horner was additionally requested how he compares four-time world champion Vettel to present star driver Max Verstappen, who sealed his first F1 title final season after popping out on high of a fierce battle with Hamilton.
With an 80-point benefit over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc going into the ultimate 9 races of 2022, Verstappen seems nicely heading in the right direction to efficiently defend his crown and turn into a two-time world champion.
“They’re completely completely different,” defined Horner. “Sebastian could be very meticulous, into each factor of knowledge, each side of what’s happening with the automobile, each part on the automobile.
“He typically could be the final to depart the circuit, and his debriefs… it will take him half an hour simply to clarify the formation lap, not to mention the race.
“Whereas Max is rather more simplistic. He’s simply this very uncooked expertise. He’s the hungriest driver I’ve ever come throughout and he simply desires to win.
“He’ll provide you with very easy suggestions, could be very easy to his race engineer. They’re like an previous married couple at instances.
“However you realize each lap he’s going to present you 110%. And he calls for the identical from the staff.
“So, they’re very completely different personalities, very completely different characters. However I might say the one factor they do have in frequent, is their ambition.”