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Haunted Newey delivers Red Bull title warning

Will Red Bull let its command slip?

Adrian Newey
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Red Bull Chief Technology Officer Adrian Newey has warned the team must ensure it doesn't fall asleep given its strong position in the F1 championship standings.

Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez have secured victory in each of the 11 races this season, plus both Sprints - a run which, when combined with last year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, has seen Red Bull break the record for most consecutive wins for a team.

That record was held for 35 years by McLaren and reacting to Verstappen's Hungarian Grand Prix victory, Newey told F1 Nation: "It has been an amazing run, we could never have dreamt of this.

"To beat that McLaren run of 1988 is something I never thought we would do, so it is a tribute to the whole team, the hard work of all the guys, the reliability we have enjoyed this season.

"It is a fantastic tribute."

McLaren 1999

Verstappen now leads Perez by 110 points in the Drivers' standings, whilst Red Bull has raced into a 229-point lead over Mercedes in the Constructors'.

But Newey is haunted by McLaren's loss to Ferrari in the 1999 teams' championship and has insisted Red Bull must continue to push for improvement.

"When you are in a season, you are not really thinking about where you have got to, you are thinking about the next one," he explained.

"We have still got a long way to go.

"I remember very clearly in 1999 after Mika [Hakkinen] was leading going into Silverstone, Michael [Schumacher] broke his leg and as a team, to be perfectly honest, we fell asleep for the rest of the year and it ended up going down to the wire and we lost the Constructors'.

"It is a lesson that no matter how good things look, you have to keep pushing and keep on your toes."

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