No slacking from Red Bull - Horner

Sebastian Vettel, pictured, is 109 points behind F1 championship leader Nico Rosberg

Sebastian Vettel, pictured, is 109 points behind F1 championship leader Nico Rosberg

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Christian Horner insists Red Bull will continue to throw all they have into the current Formula One season despite their title hopes fading fast.

With 10 races gone and nine to go, Red Bull have virtually half of Mercedes' points total in the constructors' championship, trailing the German manufacturer by 178.

As for the drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel are 84 and 108 respectively adrift of championship leader Nico Rosberg.

Although double points are on offer for the final race in Abu Dhabi, not even that controversial prospect appears enough to save Red Bull's campaign, and claims on a fifth successive crown.

Despite that, team principal Horner is looking at the bigger picture and beyond this season into 2015.

"I can't speak for other teams, but this team will fight all the way to Abu Dhabi because everything we learn this year has a relevance for next year," said Horner.

"Obviously, Mercedes will have to do something pretty catastrophic to lose this championship.

"But we don't give up on anything. Every race weekend is an opportunity, and we've nine further opportunities to develop the car and learn from it before next year when the rules are pretty stable."

The reason behind Red Bull's failings this season have long been laid bare as Renault have not given the Milton Keynes-based marque the power unit to compete with Mercedes.

Changes were recently made behind the scenes at Renault, which Horner feels have had a positive effect, although the full results of which are unlikely to be seen for some time.

With Vettel and Ricciardo fourth and sixth in Sunday's German Grand Prix, Horner admits his team had been "hoping for more" from Renault to allow them to put up a stronger fight.

Horner added: "We had a very small step, but we have to keep working at it.

"The changes in management there are much more positive, they are much more involved.

"They are embracing the fact there is an issue and looking to make changes to make sure we start to close that gap to Mercedes.

"Of course it will take a little bit of time, but the right attitude is there now to start to make that progress."

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