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Webber win now the priority - HornerLaurence Edmondson October 19, 2011 « Webber had interest from other teams | Newey cautious about testing 2012 parts at final races »
Sebastian Vettel wrapped up the drivers' title two races ago in Japan and last weekend Red Bull secured its second successive constructors' championship. However, at the remaining three races Horner said the team's target is to help Webber, who has yet to win a race this season and is currently fourth in the standings, make up and surpass the 13 points to second-place Jenson Button.
"The initial target is to finish the year on a high," Horner said during a press conference at the team's factory. "We want to make sure we can get Mark Webber into that second position place in the drivers' championship and it would be great to see him win a race before the end of the year. We're going to attack the final three races almost as if they were the FA Cup final [in English football].
"We've got everything to play for and we can go for it now that both titles are resolved. But it would be very arrogant of us to underestimate our rivals. Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes are huge teams with excellent pedigrees and we'll be looking to apply the lessons we've learnt this year to next year - as we did last year. You can always learn in this sport and it's set to be another exciting year next year. But for now we are just going to enjoy the moment and focus on trying to win those final three races of 2011."
Vettel has won 10 races this season and outscored Webber by 130 points. Asked if he would be willing to "get on board" with Horner's plans secure second in the drivers' championship, he said: "Definitely. Mark is not far away from second. The last couple of races were in some ways a bit rough for him.
"But of course we have won the constructors' last weekend, which was a big thing for the team but also for the drivers. Now with three races left we obviously hope for the best results possible, both for ourselves and also the team."
Laurence Edmondson is an assistant editor on ESPNF1