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Horner hails 'halcyon' period in F1

ESPNF1 Staff
December 13, 2010 « Newey says Red Bull title is his greatest yet | »
Christian Horner celebrates receiving the constructors' and drivers' championship trophies with Sebastian Vettel © Getty Images

According to Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner, there has never been a healthier period in the history of the sport.

Although Horner was left celebrating a double of both constructors' and drivers' titles, his team was pushed all the way by rivals Ferrari and Red Bull and he thinks it is a trend that will continue in 2011.

"It's a halcyon period for Formula One with the quality of drivers and the strength and depth there is in the sport at the moment and to have four drivers going to the last grand prix still in with a shout of winning the championship was phenomenal and I think that will continue into 2011," said Horner.

Much was made of the team orders debate in 2010 following Ferrari's manipulation of the German Grand Prix result but Horner refused to condemn his rivals, instead saying that different teams had different philosophies.

"It comes down to your philosophy of going racing. We chose to give both our drivers absolute equality and a fair chance at it and it's not to say one approach is wrong and the other is right it's just the way we decided to approach the championship and ultimately the guy that's done the best job over the course of the season has come out on top and I'm just delighted that it was a Red Bull driver and Sebastian Vettel.

"He's only 23 years of age, he's still young, he's still emerging, he's immensely fast, he's a very bright, intelligent young man and he's got a lot of years racing ahead of him."