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Horner: Red Bull more relaxed

Christian Horner says Red Bull's run of titles means in many ways the pressure is off them for 2013.

Red Bull boss Horner has sent a potentially ominous message to the triple world champions' rivals by declaring that they head into the new season feeling more relaxed than before.

The Milton Keynes squad cemented their place in the Formula 1 record books in 2012 by becoming just the fourth team in history to win three Constructors' Championships on the spin, with star driver Sebastian Vettel also clinching his third straight drivers' title.

Their sustained run of success means Red Bull will inevitably start the forthcoming campaign as the favourites for both championships again, with their initial preparations having got off to a trouble-free start at the Jerez test last week.

And speaking to The F1 Show on Sky Sports, Horner admitted, that while their thirst for further titles is undiminished, the team's recent title haul had inevitably lifted some of the pressure from their shoulders.

"In many respects, the pressure is off us because we've achieved a triple double World Championship," he said. "Nobody can take that away from us, that's in the history books.

"But we put the pressure on ourselves because we want to continue that run of success. Of course, going into the season as reigning champions, you're there to be beaten, you're there to be shot at. But it's something we've got used to over the last couple of years. Pressure is part of this business, it's part of this sport.

"But in many respects we go into 2013 more relaxed than previous years because of what we have achieved. I think the team has continued to grow and continued to evolve and we're in a good position to deal with that pressure."

Indeed, he made clear that Red Bull have no intention of easing off in 2013 and are determined to maintain that winning feeling.

"It's a big thing [winning three title doubles in as many years], but motivation is sky high," Horner added.

"We're still a relatively young team and everybody enjoys winning. They enjoy the success and there's a real determination. Formula 1 is the biggest team sport in the world and you only win races and championships by having all of the departments working cohesively together.

"We've got great strength in depth here, great character in the team and my role is to make sure we're getting the best out of all areas, everyone knows what the targets are and everyone's delivering what's expected."