Adrian Newey on what Red Bull learned from Mercedes’ dominance

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Red Bull’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey was asked what his team had learned from Mercedes’ eight years of dominance.

After Red Bull’s dominant run from 2010 until 2013, Mercedes took the constructors’ crown in 2014, and proceeded to win every Constructors’ Championship until 2022, when Red Bull finally managed to win again.

After an incredibly strong 2022 for the team, Adrian Newey was asked what Red Bull had learned from Mercedes’ years of dominance.

“Have a decent engine,” Newey said.

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“We went into the hybrid era, and Renault got it wrong, so that was pretty depressing because you realised that in your foreseeable future if you do a spectacular job, you might snatch the odd win, but you’re never going to win a championship.”

The Briton explained the turning point happened when they started their partnership with Honda in 2019.

“That was a reset. I think one of the strengths of the team is that we put our heads down and got through that period, so that when once we had a good power unit again with a partnership with Honda, we were able to respond,” Newey concluded.

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