Red Bull Racing has faith that Sebastian Vettel is not taking too many risks in his pursuit of fastest laps, even though the team admits it does not like the World Champion pushing so hard for the accolade.
Vettel set the fastest lap of the Indian Grand Prix right at the very end of the race, two weeks after telling his bosses that he would not push for such a feat again. Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner said that the team was not in favor of the pursuit of fastest laps, but reckoned that Vettel was intelligent enough not to throw away a race result to chase them.
When asked if Vettel had asked for permission to set the fastest lap at the end of the GP, Horner said, "Of course not, because he knows we don't like it. We had done our best to manage it – we had turned all the engine modes down, KERS off, and short of putting a cow on the circuit there was not a lot else we could do.
"At the end of the day, we have complete trust in him. I am sure he still had the margin in there, and the main aim for him is to win the race. He knows there are no points for fastest laps, but he likes those little statistics to complete a perfect weekend."
Horner mentioned the fastest lap over the radio to Vettel after the checkered flag, having had talks about the matter in Korea.
"We spoke about it after the last race and he apologized and said, 'Sorry, it won't happen again.' And two weeks later here we are. But he is a sensible boy, he knows. I am sure that he builds in a pretty big margin – but I think he wanted to demonstrate what speed he was capable of here."