Adrian Newey has stated that Red Bull were “a bit of a joke of the pit lane” in 2005 prior to his arrival with the team, after he opened on the risk he took in leaving McLaren.
Newey has been integral in Red Bull’s recent success through his role as chief technology officer in what is proving to be a very beneficial partnership.
But the dominance of this season’s RB19 has been a long-time coming for Newey, who recently shed some light over the doubts he had about joining Red Bull nearly 18 years ago.
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“I felt I needed a new challenge is the very short answer,” he told the Talking Bull podcast when asked about his move from McLaren to Red Bull in 2005. “And also a little bit of unfinished business because when I first got into Formula 1 it was with a tiny team called Leyton House.
“I then moved to Williams and on to McLaren, as you mentioned. And so moving to Williams and McLaren, I'm lucky enough to win races and championships with them, but they had won races and championships long before I joined.
“I think my contribution when I joined was to bring hopefully some design ideas and talent, but the infrastructure was all there. So the idea to then be involved in the team more or less from the start is quite appealing.
“And then Christian [Horner] made a habit of kind of always walking the other way down the paddock when I was walking in the morning or whatever...
“And David Coulthard who was with me at Williams and then McLaren obviously then moved to Red Bull. So I asked him about Red Bull and he said, ‘oh they're a great bunch’.
“So I started to do a bit of looking at it certainly looked like Dietrich Mateschitz and everything that was going on in Austria looked stable.
“Frankly my concern was entrepreneur owners, having worked for Leyton House’s entrepreneur owner who, yeah, that wasn’t the best start.
“Entrepreneur owners typically in Formula 1 haven't had a great lease of life. They've come in usually the big bang lots of noise quite often then either lost interest or ran out of money.
“And certainly everything I could see and Red Bull was a proper growing company, Dietrich was clearly passionate about it. The opportunity then to, as I say, work with this brand new start up team who in fairness through 2005, were a bit of a joke of the pit lane.
“They were known as the party team, nobody took it seriously. But underneath there was clearly a desire to get on and do something and so I took a risk.”
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