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Red Bull principal Christian Horner believes that Sebastian Vettel has now rediscovered his ‘mojo’ after impressing during the main event at the Spanish Grand Prix last weekend.
Vettel endured a torrid two days in both practice and qualifying in Barcelona but managed to salvage the weekend with a dominant drive on the Sunday afternoon.
The four-time world champion missed almost all of Friday’s practice sessions after his car had a wiring fault and required a lot of work to fix.
On Saturday things did not improve for the German as he was hit with a five-place grid penalty due to a gearbox change, having initially qualified in tenth.
However, Vettel looked back to his best on Sunday, starting from 15th on the grid, he produced an intelligent drive to scramble through the field and ultimately claim fourth spot.
Horner said: “It was a great performance from him on Sunday. He really went for it.
“He made the strategy work for him, he knew he had to make the passes and I thought it was a fantastic recovery drive.
“With the fastest lap and the way he hunted down the Ferraris, it looked like he had got his mojo back.”
The 26-year-old still remains second best to his team mate Daniel Ricciardo, while there is a tremendous amount of ground to make up already on Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, who have been the dominant front runners in the opening five races.