x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Horner is preparing for the climax

The Red Bull-Renault's team principal talks about how the team are handling the title run-in.

Christian Horner, Red Bull-Renault's team principal, talks to Simon Arron about how the team are handling the title run-in.

Mark Webber and Red Bull Renault continue to lead Formula One's two world championships. How do you feel about the final three races?

We were very competitive in Brazil and Abu Dhabi last year, but won't take anything for granted, and the Korean race is new for everybody.

Webber and Sebastian Vettel have had their moments this year, notably that collision in Turkey. What's the atmosphere like between them?

They are working fantastically well together in a very open, transparent way. They're competing for the biggest prize in motorsport, which brings additional pressures, but we're trying to support them equally.

What would be your dream scenario at the end of the season?

I'd like a big enough points gap to allow our drivers to fight it out between themselves on the track.

Sebastian hit a bit of a low ebb after Spa, but he seems to have bounced back pretty well…

He never thought he was out of the title hunt and has responded in the best possible way.

If the Japan one-two result were to be repeated in Korea and Brazil, you'd be champion constructor and your drivers would be level on points prior to Abu Dhabi. How would you manage a situation like that?

I can only dream about such headaches…

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