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Red Bull not thinking about titles - Horner

ESPN Staff
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Sebastian Vettel led home a Red Bull one-two in Korea, the first by any team this season © Sutton Images

Christian Horner insists Red Bull is not thinking about winning the title despite Sebastian Vettel moving in to the lead in the drivers' championship.

Vettel's victory in Korea was his third in succession and saw him overtake Fernando Alonso at the top of the standings to lead by six points. Mark Webber made it a one-two result which extends Red Bull's lead in the constructors' championship to 77 points with four races to go. Boasting the quickest car at present Red Bull is the heavy favourite to win both championships, but Horner is refusing to think about how satisfying a third consecutive championship double would be.

"Well it doesn't get any easier and the more you succeed the harder it becomes," Horner said. "This year has been more intense I would say than any of the previous years. Of course the first one's totally special, I think we defended the title better than we won it but there's still a long way to go in this championship.

"Sebastian finds himself six points in the lead with four to go but his main opponent was only one place away from him on the podium. So we're not even thinking about titles at the moment, we're more focused on trying to extract the most out of each grand prix weekend. When everything comes together and you get a one-two finish it's the culmination of so many factors having to come right that it's totally satisfying to achieve and realise that result."

With Vettel facing a much closer battle in an attempt to retain his title than he did in 2011, Horner believes he's learned from his previous championships.

"He's continued to mature and he's gained experience over the last couple of years. I think he's driving better than ever, he went through tough times in 2010 en-route to that title and I think that all of the experiences he's gone through stand him in good stead.

"But none of us take anything for granted, we've only moved ahead of Fernando by six points, he was standing next to him on the podium in third position and I'm sure this title will go all the way down to the wire. We're going to need to extract the most we can out of every single weekend, like we have here, like we almost did in Japan, and it's important in the remaining four races that we really build on this momentum."

Horner also ruled out imposing team orders at this stage until Webber is mathematically out of the title race.

"Not yet, Sebastian's obviously moved in to the lead, Mark still has a chance of winning this championship and I think it would be wrong to impose team orders while Mark still mathematically has a chance of winning. They demonstrated [in Korea] that they race each other fairly and that's all we ask at the moment."