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Horner eyeing early title finish

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September 25, 2013 « Warwick defends Singapore penalties | Pirelli still looking for testing solution for 2014 »
Christian Horner: "It's my job to worry. You can't become complacent in any way" © Sutton Images
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Christian Horner says he wants Red Bull to wrap up the drivers' and constructors' championships sooner rather than later.

Sebastian Vettel's dominant victory in Singapore was his third win in succession and leaves him 60 points clear of Fernando Alonso in the standings with 150 still available. Despite also having a commanding lead in the constructors' championship, Horner said the team will be taking nothing for granted and he wants both titles secured as early as possible.

"It's my job to worry," Horner said. "You can't become complacent in any way; we never have yet and we won't certainly this year. Our approach is one race at a time, the next challenge is Korea - to get the most out of that venue - and then after that obviously Suzuka. If we keep doing that then the championship tables tend to take care of themselves.

"We've had two bloody close ones that I don't want to go through again. Brazil last year I've now got several grey hairs from, Abu Dhabi two years' earlier was about as stressful as you could get. The most important thing is winning. We're trying to defend both titles and our job is to try to do that as soon as possible. It's not our responsibility to take it to the last race, which hopefully it won't go to."

There's added importance on securing success this season, with Horner admitting the 2014 regulations were likely to mix up the competitive order.

"Next year's a bit of a game changer and I think the power units are going to become a really key performance differentiator and whoever out of Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault gets it right or wrong on the power unit side could have a big effect on the pecking order and performance. Of course, nobody knows at the moment; everybody thinks they're doing alright but until we turn up in Melbourne it's going to take the first half of the year to see things settle down."

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