Horner hails 'enormous day' for Red Bull
27 October 2013 – Christian Horner has described as "enormous" the magnitude of Red Bull's fourth successive title double, sealed with Sebastian Vettel's Indian Grand Prix victory.
Heading to the Buddh International Circuit, Vettel was safe in the knowledge that he needed only a fifth place finish to secure the Drivers' crown, while Red Bull was required to leave the country with an advantage of 129 points over its nearest rivals.
With both targets achieved, Vettel joins the likes of Alain Prost, Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher, while Red Bull is the third team to secure four consecutive titles, following McLaren ('88, '89, '90, '91) and Ferrari ('99, '00, '01, '02, '03, 04).
"To achieve four double World Championships is the culmination of an enormous amount of dedication and commitment from the team," said Horner. "For Sebastian to have joined the illustrious names of Fangio, Prost and Schumacher is an incredible achievement, especially at such a young age. It's a privilege to work with him.
"It's an enormous day for the team to have won its fourth consecutive Constructors' World Championship. There's going to be an awfully lot of happy people in Milton Keynes and Salzburg. We've got three races to go and we're just going to go for it."
Horner added a feeling of disappointment, however, at the alternator failure that sent Mark Webber out of the race and prevented the team from claiming a one-two finish.
"The most disappointing thing was the failure on Mark's car when we were set for a one-two finish; we had a sudden alternator failure," he explained. "It was desperately disappointing to happen while we were on course to achieve a one-two finish."