Red Bull boss tips Sebastian Vettel to clinch F1 title after summer break

Josh Challies

The summer break in Formula 1 is almost at an end and drivers will be keen to enter the second-half of the season in good form, particularly those battling for the title.

Sebastian Vettel currently leads the way by 14 points following victory in Hungary, the final race ahead of the mid-season break, and looks to be in good form having won four of eleven races thus far.

Lewis Hamilton looks to be Vettel’s closest competitor for the title this season but German driver Vettel has looked unstoppable at times and is on-course for his fifth driver’s championship, or at least that’s what Red Bull boss Dr Helmut Marko believes.

Vettel worked with Marko for many years at Red Bull before the driver moved to Ferrari and oversaw each of the German’s four titles so far. Now in the next stage of his career, Marko told Formula 1’s official website he believes Vettel will kickstart his success with the Italian manufacturers this season.

“I believe in Vettel, because I know his mental strength – and Ferrari has raised its game. Silverstone, I would say, was an exception – Ferrari was clearly the stronger car in the first half of the season and only due to various circumstances could they not materialise all their chances.”

“Seb will use this summer break to come back even stronger. That’s how I know him.”

Vettel’s success at Ferrari has come alongside Red Bull’s struggles to keep pace at the top of the manufacturers championship this season, as they currently sit 173 points behind second-placed Ferrari and are even further off leaders Mercedes.

At this stage, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are unable to fill the void that Vettel left at Red Bull but that could change in the coming years, especially as youngster Verstappen develops.

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