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Red Bull set bar high

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is aiming for a repeat performance from his team in the 2011 Formula One World Championship.

The Austrian racing team secured its first team and individual titles last season, with German Sebastian Vettel claiming the drivers' championship.

Horner knows consecutive titles will be hard to come by, but that is not stopping the 37-year-old Englishman from setting the bar high.

"It's obviously the target," Horner said, referring to a successful defence of Vettel's crown.

"We don't underestimate our rivals at Ferrari and McLaren, they certainly won't be standing still."

"There's some new challenging regulations for next year but we'll be looking to put the lesson learned this year into practice."

While Ferrari assisted Fernando Alonso's title challenge by instructing co-driver Felipe Massa to make way in the German Grand Prix, there were no such team orders for Red Bull, who encouraged the competition between their championship-contending drivers.

"It just comes down to your philosophy of racing and we chose to give both our drivers absolute equality and a fair chance at it," Horner said.

"This was the way that we decided to approach the championship, and ultimately that means the guy who has done the best job over the season has come out on top and we were just delighted that it was a Red Bull driver in Sebastian Vettel."

"I think he will only continue to get better. He's only 23 years of age, he's still very young, he's still emerging and learning. He's immensely fast, he's a bright intelligent young man and he's got years of racing left ahead of him."

British racing great Sir Jackie Stewart, who was speaking at the British Racing Drivers' Club awards ceremony, also tipped Vettel for a period of sustained dominance in the sport.

"Sebastian Vettel is certainly going to be a multiple time world winning Champion," Stewart said.

"He is hugely talented and got great natural ability and he's got focus."

Nigel Mansell, F1 world champion with Williams in 1992, believes Webber and Vettel will both return stronger next season.

"I think the maturity after winning a championship Sebastien Vettel will have now will be enormous," Mansell said.

"I think Mark (Webber), who was very disappointed, is a good, solid upstanding man and I think he will grow in stature and hopefully come out in 2011 and be a really strong competitor with Sebastian."

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