Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner was hoping that 2013 would be a case of 'business as usual', at least if that meant picking up another set of driver and constructor championships at the end of the season.

Asked for the secret of the team's success, Horner had no hesitation in identifying the stability of the team in all its key positions as being Red Bull's biggest strength.

"The 2012 season was tough and long, but our success was testimony to all the hard work and dedication in the factory," he said. "We're fortunate that we've been able to maintain continuity within our group.

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"This is the fifth year that this driver pairing has been together," he continued, referring to Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. "We've [also] got continuity throughout all of the technical teams and all the key areas."

Horner pointed out that the continuity within the team hadn't come by accident, but had been carefully nurtured in order to deliver just the sort of sustained success that the team has enjoyed for the last few seasons.

"As always the competition is phenomenal, so to have won three in a row is quite remarkable," he said. "It's testimony to all the hard work that has gone on.

"We're still a young team, but we're evolving and there is a fierce determination to keep those trophies for another year," he added.

Speaking at the launch of the new RB9 challenger for the 2013 season, Horner gazed at the latest Adrian Newey creation like a proud godparent.

"This car marks a new beginning for us," said Horner, although Newey himself would only settle for describing the latest addition to the Red Bull Racing family as an "evolutionary" refinement of last year's title-winning version.

In fact the only immediately striking difference between this car and its older brother is that the car livery has a significantly more purple hue to it this season, which Horner explained is a result of the increased financial and technical backing from title partners Infiniti in 2013.

"Our stronger link with Infiniti from 2013 is part of the natural evolution of our team and demonstrates its growth," explained Horner at the launch. "We are still a young racing outfit and this title partnership is a very welcome aspect of our development. I firmly believe it will prove to be of enormous benefit on both sides over the coming years."

"Our new, increased partnership as Infiniti Red Bull Racing is a key milestone for Infiniti and a clear indication of our commitment to building the brand globally," added the president of Infiniti Motor Company, Johan de Nysschen.

While the adjective most-used by those to have seen the new livery was 'garish', there's little doubt that everyone will quickly get used to it, especially if it proves as adept at winning Grand Prix races as its forebears.