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Triumphant Milton Keynes homecoming for Vettel 07 Nov 2013

Sebastian Vettel, Christian Horner and Adrian Newey speak to Red Bull employees at the team's factory in Milton Keynes (L t0 R) Sebastian Vettel, Adrian Newey and Christian Horner celebrate their 2013 world championship success at Red Bull's Milton Keynes factory Sebastian Vettel talks with staff members at Red Bull Racing's factory in Milton Keynes Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull poses in front of a banner celebrating the team's 2013 title success

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel paid an emotional visit to Red Bull’s UK factory in Milton Keynes on Wednesday to thank staff for the part they played in securing this year’s drivers’ and constructors’ titles.

Before meeting team employees at a private party, Vettel, along with team principal Christian Horner and chief technical officer Adrian Newey, paid tribute to the factory workforce's efforts.

“It’s really nice to come back to the factory to celebrate the achievement with the whole team,” said Vettel. “Obviously, there are a certain number of people who are at every race, but there are many people behind what happens at the track, who are just as dedicated and passionate about the job we do.

“It’s a pleasure to come here to the factory and say thank you to them. They put in a lot more hours here than I do, so it’s nice to give a little bit back.”

Horner echoed the German’s sentiments, saying: “You only have to walk around the factory here to see the determination, the desire and the enjoyment people have in working at this team.

“We’ve come a long way in a pretty short space of time and there’s tremendous pride in everything we’ve achieved collectively. To have won and defended our title are things we are all enormously proud of. So it is very gratifying to celebrate these latest titles here with Sebastian, who I think has done an outstanding job this year and who has yet again raised the bar.

“The level he has driven at this year has been absolutely magnificent. It is important for the team to enjoy the moment and to take in what has been achieved. We have a fairly modest facility in comparison with some of our rivals, but what exists within these buildings is a huge amount of desire and passion and it’s those things that have enabled us to achieve the kind of results we have in recent years.”

Vettel has taken 11 race victories so far in 2013, including consecutive wins in the last seven races. However, he was keen to stress to the workforce that he intends to add to that tally before the season ends.

“We go to Austin next week and I’m looking forward to it already,” he said.

If Vettel wins the final two races of the season in the USA and Brazil he’ll equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 13 wins in a single calendar year, as well as setting a new record for consecutive victories in a season.

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