Having worked with Formula 1 heavyweights Williams and McLaren during his time in the sport, Adrian Newey has revealed that his feelings for Red Bull are unique as he has a paternal relationship with the outfit.
The 62-year-old is one of F1's best engineers, having designed championship-winning cars with Williams and McLaren. However the Warwickshire native took on a new challenge in 2006 when he joined Red Bull, as the Austrian energy drink company embarked on a new adventure in the sport.
Newey's abilities played a key role in Red Bull's climb up the grid, with the team winning four straight drivers' and constructor's titles from 2010 to 2013, and he admits seeing the team grow into a Formula 1 powerhouse has created in a strong bong.
"I viewed Red Bull as a startup team, which I really liked," Newey told Formule 1. "Nobody knew how things would turn out.
"The first goal was to reach a position where we could challenge for race victories, and then we would see from there. That's why the success we've had over the years has been really rewarding for me."
"Williams and McLaren are big teams. While I always felt appreciated when I was there, I always felt like an employee. I feel much more responsible for Red Bull. I have a paternal feeling with the team."
Red Bull will look to challenge Mercedes' dominance in 2021 with Newey's latest design, the RB16B, an updated chassis on the RB16 that was run in 2020.