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Infiniti Red Bull’s Christian Horner at the British Embassy in Tokyo

TOKYO, Japan – Infiniti Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner may enjoy a fourth consecutive Constructor’s championship this season, but that would not be possible without the driving of reigning three-time champion Sebastian Vettel, also closing in on his fourth consecutive title.

Christian Horner, Nissan EVP Andy Palmer and David Coulthard at the British Embassy in Tokyo

The Infiniti Red Bull team has won four straight races this season behind Vettel and climbed to the top of team points with strong contribution from Australian driver Mark Webber.

Horner, who led his team to its first Constructor’s title at 36 – the youngest age for a principal ever – spoke with the Global Media Center at the British Embassy in Tokyo ahead of the weekend race in Suzuka, on the outlook for the Japan Grand Prix.

Global Media Center: How do Team Principals see the Japanese Grand Prix?

Christian Horner: It’s a great race. Certainly it’s one of the most demanding tracks on the calendar with a combination of high-speed curves. The left-right-left sequence of corners is one of the biggest challenges on the calendar.

Formula 1 Constructors trophy

Certainly, it demands a great deal not just from the drivers, but certainly from the car. Logistically, it’s a challenge for the teams based in the U.K. with development parts coming through right until the last minutes, but we have components arriving almost on a daily basis into the circuit at Suzuka.

So, that presents its own challenges, but other than that it’s very much an enjoyable event. The enthusiasm we’re met with by the Japanese crowd is quite unique.

Global Media Center: You were the youngest ever to lead a team to a Constructor’s title and are on the verge of four straight team championships. Do you consider records or milestones?

Christian Horner: Our focus is very much one event at a time and getting the best out of ourselves as a team at each individual event. And then, the statistics of championships or other records tend to take care of themselves.

We’re only as good, in many respects, as our last race and our focus is very much then the next one. Formula One is a rapidly moving industry and things can change very, very quickly, so we have to grab that moment.

Our focus isn’t on titles and other accolades. It’s very much on the individual event.

Global Media Center: A number of technical changes are coming to the sport and F1 vehicles in 2014. What’s on the horizon?

Christian Horner: I think we’ve got some major challenges ahead. There’s a big regulation change, so we’re going to have to introduce a new engine into the chassis for next year.

Infiniti Red Bull's Christian Horner and British Ambassador Tim Hitchens

We have different aerodynamic regulations that are going to have an effect on how the cars perform as well.

So, this year’s been a major challenge in not only developing the current car, but also with an eye on the 2014 season and designing a car that encompasses the new regulations – certainly some major challenges ahead.

Earlier in the day, Infiniti Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel paid a special visit to Nissan Motor Company’s headquarters in Yokohama. Watch the event here.

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