Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner says his team will attack in the final three races of the season despite having wrapped up both titles.
The squad secured the constructors' title last weekend in Korea, just seven days after Sebastian Vettel had clinched his second drivers' crown. Despite that, Horner says his team wants to make sure it finishes the year on a successful note, and has also vowed to help Mark Webber secure the runner-up spot.
"We want to finish the year on a high, get Mark into second in the drivers' championship and it would be great to see him win a race," said Horner during a media event on Wednesday. He said the team will use all the lessons learned this year to try to be even stronger in 2012, but without underestimating its rivals.
"It would be very arrogant, though, to underestimate our rivals. Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes are huge teams with excellent pedigrees. We'll apply the lessons of this year, as we did in 2010, to next year's car.
"You can always learn in this sport, from the races you win as well as lose, and that will drive us forward. For now, we will focus on the next three races and enjoy the moment."
Vettel also said the team will be trying to prove itself in the remaining three races, despite what he labeled as an extremely successful year so far.
"It has been an extremely successful year, it's incredible what we have achieved," said Vettel. "It is the small things, like coming home and opening the door, which make you realize what happened, and that all the hours have paid off. The season is not yet over though, we have three more races to go and the chance to prove ourselves again."
The World Champion praised the efforts of his team this season, insisting Red Bull is now on another level compared to a few years ago.
"I'm very happy where I am. I think we have achieved a lot together in the last three years. We were able to raise our game in more or less all areas. The whole team has become more professional, more committed and everyone is working hand in hand for success.
"It's not usual to be a part of something like that, and I don't see myself in a position to say this is what I have done. This is what they have done. We are a team and we are happy to do all we do."
Despite having won 10 races this year, the German driver said there is still room for him to improve.
"It's always a difficult question to know where to improve. I think being 24 there are a lot of areas to understand, a lot of bits inside and outside the car. You always need to be ready to learn, and small steps can make the difference. When I look at Korea, we were able to learn from Japan – both the team and myself. Small things, but we addressed them and did a better job. You have to be open like that, ready to learn."
Vettel made it clear he does not care about statistics, insisting he has not set any targets to reach during his Formula 1 career.
"I care about the sport, I know its history and the numbers according to the drivers," he said. "I like to see from time to time your name somewhere, but I don't set myself targets about the number of wins. I'm not racing for statistics. I'm a big fan of the sport. I love Formula 1, I always did as a small kid and that hasn't changed.
"If you get beaten, my point of view is it happens. If you expect to be unbeatable, that's the day you get beaten. No matter what sport there is always someone better than you some days. That's why even more you have to seize the moment and enjoy it.
"We have been on an incredible journey, we took every race step by step. I remember after Hungary we would get a print out of the race results and championship standings after every race and the first thing I would do is rip the championship standings off and throw them in the bin.
"If you get beaten you might not like it – or you shouldn't like it – but you have to accept it. You never get beaten without a reason, and I think racing this year has been very close even if the results haven't. In the end, it is not every day you have a massive advantage and win the championship with four races to go.
"Seasons like this don't happen too often; we know that and that's also why we should be extremely proud of the season."