Christian Horner explained afterward that the team had different tire strategies for the drivers, planning a two-stop race for Ricciardo and a three-stop race for Vettel.
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"He's really been outstanding this season," Horner said. "He seems so calm in the car, his feedback is exceptional. When he talks on the radio it's almost it's like he's having a coffee in a coffee shop up the road."
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