Horner taking nothing for granted

Christian Horner says his team will be 'pushing all the way to the chequered flag in Brazil'

Christian Horner says his team will be 'pushing all the way to the chequered flag in Brazil'

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner is refusing to count to four as both his team and Sebastian Vettel close in on their latest Formula One world titles.

In the Italian Grand Prix, Vettel strolled to the 32nd victory of his F1 career to open up a 53-point cushion to Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who had to settle for the runner-up spot at Monza.

With Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber also on the podium in third, the Milton Keynes-based marque are a comfortable 104 points clear.

Vettel and Red Bull's dominance is such bookmakers William Hill are now taking bets on where the 26-year-old will be crowned rather than if he will make it four in a row, with Abu Dhabi the even-money favourite.

Yet despite the prospect of an awesome foursome for team and driver, Horner said: "I'm not thinking the championship is ours.

"It's not yours until nobody can score more points than you, so we are going to continue the approach we've always taken which is focus one race at a time and try to get the best out of each weekend.

"It was a big weekend for us in Monza, scoring 40 team points, having a one-three, for Sebastian to extend his lead in the championship and for the team to extend its lead in the constructors' championship.

"That is obviously massively positive for us, but there's still some way to go with 175 points available and things can still change very quickly."

It means there will be no let-up as Red Bull now head into a run of races that sparked Vettel's charge to title number three last year as he overturned a considerable deficit to Alonso.

Vettel won four in a row from Singapore onwards, which is the next race up for the F1 circus as the season finishes with seven flyaway events in 10 weekends.

"Our view is we have to keep pushing, keep our heads down focusing on each race at a time and get the most that we can out of each single grand prix," added Horner.

"So we will be pushing all the way to the chequered flag in Brazil.

"It's testimony to the hard work behind the scenes that goes on in Milton Keynes that we're able to do that and fluctuate between the 2013 and 2014 car."

Horner's reference to next season is due to the fact F1 is facing its biggest game changer for a decade as new powertrains are introduced.

Trying to balance resources is critical and Horner said: "In a perfect world they (the titles) would all be done by Singapore.

"But that's not going to happen, so we have to keep our focus because you are juggling a lot of balls and spinning a lot of plates.

"There's resource that has to move between the two programmes, and contrary to belief we're not the biggest team in Formula One.

"Therefore we have to manage our time efficiently and effectively and people are working extremely hard and very long hours at the moment.

"But the effort is rewarded through the success that comes, and that's why motivation has never been higher."

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