There is a piece in the new edition of the Red Bulletin magazine where the key players in the Red Bull team talk about their favourite moments of the year, which offers a few insights into what motivates them and what was most important to them, with the benefit of hindsight.
Adrian Newey said that for him the most special thing about this year was taking on the big teams and beating them. The Red Bull project is the fulfilment of a dream he had tried to fulfil over 20 years ago, of building up a small private team to beat the might of teams like Ferrari and McLaren, “Once before in my life, with Leyton House, I had the chance to do something similar,” he says. “That was a very promising operation , but it fell apart because of money problems. To get a second chance with a young, small team and become world champions tastes sweet.”
World champion Sebastian Vettel revealed that during the showdown race in Abu Dhabi he asked his engineer not to tell him what position his rivals were in, clearly not wanting to have his hopes built up and then potentially shattered as Felipe Massa’s were in Brazil in 2008. Only once the rivals had crossed the line and it was clear he was champion, did his engineer tell him. “At that moment the world stood still,” said Vettel, “Nothing moved, there was no sound no heartbeat, nothing. “
Mark Webber says that his highlight was winning Monaco, something all drivers dream of when they are karting as children. “The drivers’ trophy? I’ll get that next year,” he says confidently.
Perhaps the most interesting contribution comes from Dr Helmut Marko, the special adviser to the team who represents the interests of the Austrian management. He is the only one who feels the need to makes reference to the two most controversial incidents of the season , Turkey and Silverstone and the way the team handled them. He says that the Silverstone front wing switch “wasn’t communicated properly,” something for which team principal Christian Horner has already taken the blame. Marko says that this “resulted in a lot of emotion and put a shadow over the weekend after a brilliant win. It was unfortunate because the difference between the wings in terms of performance was absolutely minimal, but a lot of emotion got out.”
This passage is the only tone of negativity in the piece and to offset that Marko describes these situations as “lucky problems” to have.
Team boss Christian Horner says that history shows that it will be very hard to defend the two championships next year.