Red Bull boss Christian Horner predicts title race will go all the way

By Andrew BensonChief F1 writer

Red Bull believe the title fight will go to the last race despite Sebastian Vettel taking the championship lead with victory in Korea on Sunday.

The German's third win in a row moved him six points clear of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, the long-time leader.

Alonso finished third in Yeongam, and Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said: "I'm sure this title will go all the way down to the wire.

"We are going to need to extract the most we can out of every weekend."

Horner denied that Red Bull would now Vettel's team-mate Mark Webber, who finished second in Korea and still has a mathematical chance of the title, to assist defending champion Vettel's title bid.

"Seb has moved into the lead," Horner said. "Mark still has a chance of winning this championship but it would be wrong to impose team orders while he still has a chance of winning.

"They race each other fairly and that's all we ask at the moment."

Ferrari are confident they can win the title, pointing to the fact that Alonso failed to finish two of the four races before Korea after being hit by another car at the first corner in the Belgian and Japanese Grands Prix.

But president Luca di Montezemolo admitted Ferrari must improve the performance of their car.

"We are a few tenths off the pace of the best, above all in qualifying," he said.

"We must try to have a front-row car because otherwise, starting further back, it makes life much harder and you are at greater risk of getting caught up in accidents.

"To have a quicker car we must work day and night in a methodical and determined fashion."

Di Montezemolo added: "It's a very open championship. A few grands prix ago it was McLaren who seemed unbeatable. Now it's the turn of the Red Bull, while we are still up there in the fight.

"Pay attention as the situation is changing really fast this year. Certainly we are left with major regret about the 30-odd points lost with the two accidents in Spa and Suzuka.

"If we had those today we would still have a 24-point advantage and we would be having a completely different debate.

"But over so many years at Ferrari I have seen everything: world championships lost at the last minute like we saw with Fernando in 2010, or even after the finishing line itself, like with Felipe (Massa) in 2008.

"But we have also won when no-one would ever have imagined it possible, such as Kimi's (Raikkonen) title in 2007."