Horner wants no last-race drama
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner claims he has the grey hairs to prove he would much rather enjoy cruising to Formula One success than another nail-biting last-race decider.
After three successive grand prix victories since the summer break, Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel are seemingly cantering to their fourth successive world titles.
Vettel goes into the last six grands prix with a 60-point cushion to nearest rival Fernando Alonso, while Red Bull are 103 points clear of Ferrari in the constructors' standings.
As Alonso has already conceded, only a considerable amount of good luck can surely aid his cause, which has to start on Sunday in the Korean Grand Prix in the country's far-flung outpost of Mokpo.
Despite the seemingly impregnable gaps to the chasing pack in both championships, Horner said: "It is my job to worry, so we cannot become complacent in any way. We have not yet, and we certainly won't this year.
"Our approach is one race at a time, with the next challenge Korea to try to get the most out of that and then after that obviously Suzuka (for the Japanese Grand Prix a week later).
"If we keep doing that then the championship tables will take care of themselves."
The problem is from every neutral's point of view the season is fast petering out, and even more disappointingly with the same driver/car combination dictating affairs.
In 2010 and again last year the title race went down to the wire. Horner, however, much prefers the easy option, as was the case with the 2011 titles.
"We have had two close ones that I don't want to go through again," he said.
"Brazil last year - from which I have several grey hairs - and Abu Dhabi two years earlier are about as stressful as you can get.
"The important thing is winning. For us, we are trying to defend both titles, with our job to do that as soon as possible.
"It is not our responsibitliy to take it to the last race, which we hopefully won't do this year."
If Vettel's outrageously dominant performance around the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore is anything to go by then that is highly unlikely to be the case.
When asked to open up a gap to ensure he could pit without fear of losing his lead following a safety car period, Vettel did so with consummate ease.
That was ominous, with Horner adding: "At one point I thought he had found a short cut because his pace advantage was so significant.
"Of course, he had the benefit of running in clear air, but we saw on Friday the car was very quick there.
"The only time we really unleashed him was in the window after the safety car when we said 'Okay, we need to build a gap'.
"But I don't think any of us expected he would be able to hit 30 seconds in 15 laps, or whatever it was he managed to turn around.
"It was a combination of him having confidence in the car, and we have made progress with it.
"Adrian (Newey, chief technical officer) and his team are doing an incredible job balancing between the current development and the 2014 challenges.
"High downforce circuits have not been our strong point, so it is testimony to the technical team and the hours they have put in we went to a maximum downforce track and were right on the pace."