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'It's not time for panic' - Horner
According to Niki Lauda, Red Bull could look back on the first two rounds of 2010 and rue precisely where it blew the world championship. But team boss Christian Horner has urged fans not to panic.
Despite back-to-back poles, Sebastian Vettel left Melbourne on a direct flight to Malaysia on Monday after retiring from the lead of the Australian Grand Prix with a wheel-mounting problem caused by a loose wheel nut. Two weeks earlier in Bahrain, also while leading in the dominant RB6, he dropped to fourth with a failed spark plug.
"There will be consequences," triple world champion Lauda told Bild, in an article headlined "Vettel mad at his Schrott (Scrap)-Bull". He added: "Red Bull can forget the title."
Horner, however, argued that it is not the end of the world for Vettel to be travelling to Kuala Lumpur with a 25-point title deficit.
"We know we have got a fast car and I would far rather have a fast car than a slow car," he said. "It's a long season. There is still a long way to go and the season will have many different twists and turns.
"I think he [Vettel] has got complete trust and confidence in the car. He has been massively fast all weekend. Unfortunately a reliability issue has cost him a race win this weekend, but he will be back very strong in a week's time.
"It's not time for panic and we just need to stay focused."