SUZUKA, Japan - Red Bull chief Christian Horner admitted Sebastian Vettel's run of five successive wins was beyond his imagination after the breakaway Formula One championship leader swept to victory in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.
Team-mate Mark Webber's three-stop strategy ended in a second place, from pole, and came under scrutiny following a pulsating Suzuka race. But Horner insisted that, whichever way you diced it, Vettel was in a class of his own.
"Sebastian has won every race since the summer break which is an incredible achievement," gushed Horner. "Still four races to go. Our target is to try to carry this momentum into the last four races.
"I don't think any of us could have imagined that he would have had the run of success that he's had. The way he's driving at the moment is quite supreme."
Vettel, set to become only the third man to capture four successive Formula One titles, has a 90-point lead over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso with only 100 available.
Even a brush with Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes at the start which damaged his front wing failed to stop the rampaging German, who won a three-way tussle with Webber and the Lotus of Romain Grosjean.
"He picked up a bit of damage from the incident with Hamilton that took about 20 points of downforce off the front wing," said Horner. "He manages to adapt. He played the thinking game today.
"He watched, he waited in that first stint. He preserved the tyres. He was very, very smart in the way he handled the race.
"We went into the race thinking we could be marginal for a two-stop and believed in clear air we could do that.
"The first stint dictated everything for us, where Mark put Grosjean under quite a lot of pressure... to the point that he'd run out of tyres by the lap that he pitted on, nine or something, pretty early in the race, which was too short for us to make a two-stop really work.