Horner: Webber did well not to crumble
Christian Horner praises Mark Webber for not crumbling under the pressure of being team-mate to Sebastian Vettel
Christian Horner has praised Mark Webber for his 2011 F1 campaign and for not 'crumbling' under the pressure of competing with team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
Having challenged the German for the title the previous season, Webber was comprehensively outperformed by Vettel this year; with the defending champion securing eleven wins during the course of the campaign and Webber managing just one success in the season finale in Brazil.
While that left Webber third in the championship standings, Horner said the Australian could still be happy with his season and would only come back stronger in 2012 as he looks to fight Vettel for the title.
"Lesser drivers would have crumbled under that pressure [of having Vettel as a team-mate] but Mark isn't like that," Horner told BBC Look East. "He uses the pressure to motivate himself and will come out really fired up for Melbourne in 2012.
"He's a world-class driver. He's very strong mentally. He'll be focusing hard over the winter and will be determined to come back and have a really strong 2012."
While praising Webber however, Horner added that the performances of his team-mate Vettel had been something else.
"Sebastian has been amazing this year," he said. "He's been absolutely faultless. To have won eleven races and finish second five times is the most remarkable season. He's a very deserving double-world champion.