Christian Horner: “Fernando Alonso keeps turning up…”

Christian Horner says Red Bull can take nothing for granted despite its recent run of success – and the team boss has praised rival Fernando Alonso for his strong challenge this season.

Alonso finished second in India, having beaten the KERS-troubled Mark Webber. Meanwhile Sebastian Vettel has a 13 point lead over the Ferrari driver with 75 still up for grabs in the three remaining races.

“We certainly can’t afford to be complacent, because Fernando Alonso keeps turning up,” said Horner. “He did a strong race today. It’s a shame we couldn’t keep Mark ahead of him, he had a KERS issue from about lap 20 today.

“We’ve got a great lead in the constructors’ but it’s only 13 points in the drivers’, so we’ve managed to eke out a gap. Considering where we came from four races ago it’s impressive, but we’ve just got to keep that momentum going. It’s the first time Sebastian’s won four races in succession. An incredible performance this weekend, he’s been quickest in every session of the Grand Prix and led every lap – I don’t think anybody else has led a lap in India, which is impressive in itself.

“Talk is cheap at the end of the day. It’s down to what you do on the track. Our focus is now on Abu Dhabi, to extract the most out of the car, the drivers, the strategy, the reliability that we can, and it’s going to be a question of having three perfect weekends.”

Regarding Vettel’s main rival, he said: “Fernando is a quality driver, Ferrari are a quality team. They are doing a strong job. He’s remarkably consistent, and we’re going to have to perform at our very, very best if we are going to maintain our lead ahead of him. We’ve worked hard to get into this position and there’s a real determination within the team to carry this momentum into the remaining three races.”

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