F1 Team of the Year: Red Bull Racing
26 December, 2010
Dec.26 (Grand Prix 247) Almost half the 2010 Formula 1 Grand Prix races were won by one of the two Red Bull drivers, nine victories to be precise and it could have been a whole lot more too.
No question the Adrian Newey created RB6 was the piece of kit to beat. In fact Red Bull have controlled the F1 pace since mid-2009 when they recovered from the lack of a double diffuser to challenge Brawn GP’s Jenson Button to the penultimate round of that year’s title.
This year Newey was a step ahead of the opposition from the outset and perfected the blown diffuser. Only McLaren’s F-duct trumped the Red Bull design crew in terms of a useful novelty. But really it was a year which saw everyone play catch up to the Milton Keynes based team.
Apart from the technical excellence, arguably the most important factor contributing to the team’s double title winning season was that they stuck to their guns while around them everyone had a pot shot or advice on how to run an F1 team.
Particularly challenging for Christian Horner was the management of the Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in the aftermath of the Turkey collision which transformed an blissful and envied driver partnership into a nightmare scenario. The fine line between love and hate snapped big time.
Nevertheless the team survived the fallout of the incident despite shooting themselves in the foot a few times. Tensions in the Red Bull garage were thick from Canada onwards. A certain siege mentality invaded the once jovial prancing bull ring, sombre would best describe the environment thereafter.
With tensions still sky high, perhaps never to dissipate even in 2011, Red Bull Racing weathered massive criticism for allowing their drivers to race when Webber had the better points tally.
Here they were resolute starting with the big boss Dietrich Mateschitz saying, “This is a sport and the best should win. Power, politics, manipulation and so on should be kept as far away as possible.”
“The game is ‘come and get me, if you can’, and not ‘let me through because I’m better’,” insisted Mateschitz. “Racing must remain racing.”
This said, after Ferrari’s team orders debacle at the German GP and subsequent wrist slapping, was brave.
What followed was deafening ridicule aimed at Red Bull by the media and their rivals. They stood firm and guess who is laughing now.
Sure it could have ended so differently, but it did not and word is that they are still smiling (very broadly) at Milton Keynes despite the weather!
Constructors world championship, drivers world championship – no contest Red Bull Racing were the best team of 2010!