Horner: Red Bull will not become complacent

By on Thursday, November 7, 2013
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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has insisted that his squad will not become complacent, despite having won their fourth successive 'double' championship in 2013.

Red Bull has won 11 races this season - all courtesy of champion Sebastian Vettel - but Horner denies that any complacency is creeping in.

"I think it's very easy for people to become complacent and expect that a Red Bull victory is almost pre-described - but that isn't the case," he said.

"Every race that we go to is a challenge and I think the satisfaction about this year is seeing how the team has continued to develop, continued to improve, across all areas. Whether that be strategy, whether that be pitstops, whether it be the development that Adrian [Newey]'s team have been bringing to the car at each grand prix."

Horner reckons that Vettel's run of form in 2013 - the German has won the last seven races - is finally bringing him the appreciation that he deserves.

"Beyond that there's been the progress that Sebastian's made and seeing him raise the bar yet again."

"The level at which he's driven this year has been absolutely magnificent. It's been phenomenal what he's managed to achieve: to have won 11 grands prix with two races still to go, the consistency and accuracy with which he's driven, it's been a pleasure to see and a pleasure to be part of. It's great to see that being appreciated as well now."

Horner also denies that he has any future interest in replacing Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

"Looking at the health that Bernie's in, he's going to outlive all of us!"

"I have no interest in the role that he performs, my focus is in running a team and I think actually to replace Bernie would be impossible, certainly with one person. I'm very happy with what I do here; I'm focused and committed to this team."

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