Sebastian Vettel and the Red Bull Racing team want to clinch the world title in style with victory in Japan, rather than playing it safe to deliver the single point needed to wrap up the championship.
Vettel's victory in the Singapore Grand Prix has left him on the verge of his second crown, and he only needs to finish in the top 10 in Suzuka in two weeks' time to succeed. Although achieving just a single point should be a fairly simple task, considering how dominant he has been all year, Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner says the team will be out to deliver a headline performance rather than take it easy.
"I would like to think we have to try quite hard to lose it," said Horner, when asked about the chances of Vettel scoring just a single point in the final five races of the campaign. "There are only two of them left now [fighting for the championship], and theoretically it is one point, but it is not over until it is done.
"We will go to Japan with exactly the same approach we came here to Singapore with, and at every race this year: to try and do our best in Japan and ensure we do get that one point. But we will also go for the race win as well. It would be great to finish the job off in style – and that is Sebastian's ninth GP this year. It has been a phenomenal season to date with five races to go."
The high-speed swoops of Suzuka should be perfect territory for the RB7, and Horner sees no evidence from his team that it will back off from trying to win all the remaining races, even if the title is in the bag.
"Suzuka is a track that Seb certainly has thrived at in recent years," he said. "It is a track that the car has performed well at, and it would be great to finish the job off there. But there are still five races to go and we are going to push to the end of the championship as hard as we can.
"I only asked in the last 10 laps of the Singapore race what the mathematics were, because the focus is on races not the championship. We have got ourselves into a great position there though, and hopefully it will take care of itself."