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Horner - Repeated success makes you unpopular

ESPN Staff
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As Red Bull wound down another successful season with a press day at its Milton Keynes base, team principal Christian Horner paid tribute to world champion Sebastian Vettel and the way he had handled everything that was thrown at him during the season.

"He's never given up, never allowed himself to get distracted, no matter whether people were trying to get under his skin," he said. "The more pressure he has been under, the better he has delivered.

"The fastest way of becoming unpopular is to have repeated success. The success we have had does not sit easily with some of our more established colleagues."

Vettel, still on a high after securing his third drivers' championship, was at his diplomatic best. "It's not our decision and it's not in our hands when people try literally everything to beat us," he said. "I think that the most important thing is that you focus on yourself and you remain yourself; you don't try to be something that you're not, because I think it just distracts and that takes energy away."