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Red Bull Racing

Ex-Red Bull engineer reveals what makes team a dominant force

Red Bull have emerged from the 'new era' of F1 rules as a dominant force, continuing their success from the 2022 season in which they took 17 wins out of 22 races. But what makes them great?

Red Bull have been the benchmark team since the introduction of the 2022 'new era' regulations, taking 20 wins out of a possible 25 since the cars were introduced.

The word 'domination' is used a lot to describe their form, but what is it that makes them great?

Former aerodynamicist Dan Fallows was at Red Bull before joining Aston Martin, where he oversaw their success in winning eight titles between 2010 and 2013. He believes their ability to have a "clear direction" is what sets them apart from the competition.

"I think what makes Red Bull greatest is that they've spent a long time with a very clear direction," Fallows told the Beyond the Grid podcast.

"Ever since Christian [Horner] took over the team and then Adrian [Newey] joined shortly afterwards, one of the things that Adrian brought to the team was a very clear direction in terms of what they want to achieve.

"Dietrich Mateschitz obviously put a huge amount of money into it and was very passionate about F1 and what he wanted to do with the team.

"But really all he could do was use Helmut Marko to make sure that the teams they had were were working in the right way, and that they had the drivers coming through what is now AlphaTauri.

"It was a question of giving money and freedom to the people who could then go about building a team like that."

Red Bull recruitment key to success

Fallows points to Red Bull's recruitment of graduates as one of the main reasons why they have been able to produce some of the best cars in the modern era, making them the "envy" of the grid.

"It's been a project ever since Adrian joined and it's followed in his mold and his ideas ever since the outset," explained Fallows.

"They've had the advantage of a very big budget, very clear vision, being able to track some incredibly good people both as graduates but also from other teams throughout the years.

"We produced a really functional, well-communicating team of really highly-motivated and talented engineers with a tool set which is the envy of the grid."

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