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Third constructors' title 'remarkable' - Horner

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The Red Bull team celebrate a third consecutive contstructors' title © Sutton Images

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has congratulated his team on taking its third consecutive constructors' title at the United States Grand Prix this weekend, putting its success down to long hours, dedication and determination.

Red Bull sealed the championship at the Circuit of the Americas with a podium finish for Sebastian Vettel, although the title had looked liked foregone conclusion heading into the weekend. In winning its third title, Horner said his team had achieved something "quite remarkable".

"We're half way there and we've closed out one championship. To have won three consecutive constructors' is something we could only have dreamed about three years ago and to achieve what we have in 2010, 2011 and 2012 against the opponents that we have, and in only our eighth year in the sport, is something that is quite remarkable. I think it's testimony to the long hours, dedication and determination within the team that we've managed to achieve this and it's something that every member of the team is fiercely proud of."

Technical director Adrian Newey admitted the 2012 victory had been one of the toughest due to the competitive nature of the field.

"To achieve the hat-trick is very special and I was lucky enough to achieve that at Williams and then again at Red Bull with a second and then three firsts; it's a great tribute to the team," he said. "Last year's was obviously the easiest but 2010 was different because we had a lot of silly points losses at the start of the year from reliability and driver mistakes, but the car had very good pace.

"This year pace-wise it's been very close since the start of the year and in the mid-season probably more than anything. In some ways it's been the most tiring to keep it up and it does feel like a long season."

Newey added that he would not be partying too hard with Sebastian Vettel still under threat from Fernando Alonso in the drivers' championship and one round remaining.

"With the drivers' championship still in the balance and only a week away we can't afford to get too obliterated tonight."

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