Team principal Christian Horner says Red Bull Racing cannot afford to ease off in its push for wins.
Although Sebastian Vettel's third consecutive victory has sealed his place as favorite for the 2012 crown, Horner thinks the situation is far tighter than many believe. He says the team must not waste any time pondering its title prospects and instead focus all its efforts on building on the momentum it now has.
"We've hit a purple patch of form at the right time, but it is important we retain that now," said Horner, after Vettel moved into a six point lead over Fernando Alonso in the drivers' standings. "There is still a long way to go. There are different types of venue coming up, but what has been satisfying is that we have been quick in all conditions, whether it be over a single lap or the race."
Horner says the strength of his team this year has been in not getting distracted from its efforts over individual weekends by worrying about its title prospects – especially when Alonso built up a healthy lead earlier this campaign. He is adamant that the approach should not change, even if it is now his squad that is in the driving seat.
"Our focus is not on the third title or either championship at the moment," Horner said. "Our focus moves away from Korea now, to India, and we take one race at a time and try to extract the maximum that we can. "We have had a great day in the constructors' championship today, we have moved into a healthy lead, but that can disappear quickly. And in the drivers' [championship] we are only six points ahead having come from a long way back."
At the same time, Horner relished the fact that Red Bull has hit the best form of its season at the perfect time.
"We have been trying to get on top of understanding the regulation changes all year," he said. "We have been pushing since Australia, but it has started to move in the right direction now.
"We take nothing for granted, though; we had circuit that we thought would not suit us at Spa and Monza. We got a result out of Spa, we didn't at Monza.
"At the last three we have performed strongly at different types of circuit: from a street circuit, to Suzuka with fast flowing bends, to a circuit of two halves here. That has been encouraging and hopefully puts us in good stead for the next few races."