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Pressure is off - Horner

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Christian Horner: "We go into 2013 more relaxed than previous years because of what we have achieved" © FIA
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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says "the pressure is off" the team after the success it has achieved in recent seasons.

A drivers' and constructors' championship double in 2012 was a third consecutive year in which Red Bull had secured both titles, leaving only Ferrari, McLaren, Williams and Lotus as more successful constructors. Horner said that while the team will be the benchmark this year, having had such success already means the pressure is not as high as it was previously.

"In many respects the pressure is off us because we've achieved a triple double World Championship," Horner told Sky Sports. "Nobody can take that away from us, that's in the history books.

"But we put the pressure on ourselves because we want to continue that run of success. Of course, going into the season as reigning champions, you're there to be beaten, you're there to be shot at. But it's something we've got used to over the last couple of years. Pressure is part of this business, it's part of this sport.

"But in many respects we go into 2013 more relaxed than previous years because of what we have achieved. I think the team has continued to grow and continued to evolve and we're in a good position to deal with that pressure."

Horner also said that Red Bull's motivation will not have diminished at all off the back of such a sustained period of success.

"It's a big thing [winning three title doubles in as many years], but motivation is sky high. We're still a relatively young team and everybody enjoys winning. They enjoy the success and there's a real determination. Formula One is the biggest team sport in the world and you only win races and championships by having all of the departments working cohesively together.

"We've got great strength in depth here, great character in the team and my role is to make sure we're getting the best out of all areas, everyone knows what the targets are and everyone's delivering what's expected."