Red Bull Racing: 2013 Team & Car of the Year 22 December, 2013 Red Bull are the best team in Formula 1, and have been for the past four years, No big surprise then that they are the undisputed Grand Prix 247 Team of the Year for 2013. Granted, Sebastian Vettel is their driver of choice and Mark Webber was marginalised, but you cannot fault the team for backing the right ‘horse’ in their young German. Yes, he is only 26 years old – they have come together to be almost invincible. Sure there were glitches along the way, as cold warfare between their drivers never really thawed since they became teammates in 2009. In fact it got worse as the years progressed. The Multi-21 saga in Malaysia was the proverbial nail in the coffin for any chance of a friendly relationship between the two. Yet the conflict did not impact the on track performance where they simply powered on relentlessly in a manner reminiscent of the dominant eras of their great rivals Ferrari, McLaren and Williams. Dieter Mateschitz has pumped billions into the Formula 1 project and it is paying dividends through the wisdom of the personnel he has directly or indirectly installed at the helm of the race team. Christian Horner is clearly a leader and motivator of people, despite criticism of his handling of the Vettel-Webber squabbles. But one has to ask who could have done a better job in that position? Did the outcome not suit the team as it bulldozed its way to title number four? Then of course, there is Adrian Newey whose commitment to the cause is remarkable considering that he is desired by all the top teams in the sport, who would throw buckets of money to have the design genius in their drawing rooms. But he has remained steadfast in simply churning out remarkably good, blue race cars, working long hours while no doubt swigging gallons of the fizzy stuff that pays his substantial salary. But a Formula 1 team is not a handful of people, and thus the success stems from the 500 or so members of the workforce which Vettel often goes to great lengths to mention and applaud. “Red Bull Racing, Adrian, myself – and a handful of key people in the team. In general we all get enough credit. There is enough attention. But there are so many more people involved in that ‘winning process’ – Christian Horner was rightfully speaking about all the unsung heroes who contribute a lot with their hard work and brilliant ideas.” “They don’t get enough credit. Sure, it is not possible to name 500 or more people, but kudos to them all! Every single individual in the team has contributed to Red Bull Racing becoming a racing legend,” said Vettel after becoming World Champion for the fourth year in succession. No team was better than them in 2013, thus Red Bull Racing is the Grand Prix 247 Team of the Year. Applause! Car of the Year: Red Bull RB9 Adrian Newey is known for his Formula 1 masterpieces, and the Red Bull RB9 he conjured with his very capable back room people is up there among his very best creations – claiming 13 victories in a season establishes it right there with the greatest race cars of all time. Since 2010 Newey’s cars, in the hands of Sebastian Vettel, have gobbled up four Constructors’ titles, along with four Drivers’ titles and 48 victories, but the RB9 edition was outright awesome in it’s dominance, particularly after the summer break. Newey obviously had a major brainwave during the September hiatus, because the car that he tweaked for the back-to-business Belgian Grand Prix never lost a race from that day on, helping Red Bull and Vettel to wrap up the titles well in advance of the season finale in Brazil. Had we asked every driver on the grid which car they would have most wanted to drive in 2013, no doubt the the answer would have unanimous; Red Bull RB9 – ask Fernando… Subbed by AJN. Sebastian Vettel retired only once in 2013, at the British GP Mark Webber retired from the Indian GP Sebastian Vettel fresh from victory in Abu Dhabi Mark Webber was third fastest Mark Webber enjoyed the fastest pit stop so far this year during the Malaysian GP Sebastian Vettel celebrates victory and the title at the 2010 Abu Dhabi GP David Coulthard performs in the Red Bull RB7 showcar on the helipad of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai Sebastian Vettel with Guillaume Rocquelin on the grid in China Sebastian Vettel will be number one in 2014 Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing in parc ferme immediately after the race Sebastian Vettel in the pit garage at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel with the Red Bull team Win number seven in 2013 for Sebastian Vettel 2013 Canadian GP winner Sebastian Vettel Race winner Sebastian Vettel celebrates win number nine of the season Sebastian Vettel speaks to his engineer during the first day of free practice at Spa Sebastian Vettel savours his fourth world title after the Indian Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel was in a league of his own in Singapore Red Bull’s of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber Sebastian Vettel receives his 2013 champion’s trophy from Jean Todt Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were hugely successful teammates despite their differences Sebastian Vettel celebrates title number four with the Red Bull team Mark Webber gets a lift back to the pits with Fernando Alonso Race winner Sebastian Vettel pays homage to his car in Singapore Sebastian Vettel won his seventh race of the season in Singapore Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull RB9 Race winner Sebastian Vettel Christian Horner is committed to Red Bull’s F1 effort Early shower for Mark Webber at the Indian GP Adrian Newey has ambitions beyond F1 Sebastian Vettel secured his third world title at Interlagos with 6th place last year Sebastian Vettel Sebastian Vettel celebrates after making history in India Sebastian Vettel with Helmut Marko The 2013 Malaysian GP was the lowest point of the Red Bull partnership between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel Sebastian Vettel fastest in FP3 wearing a special edition gold helmet Mark Webber attends launch ceremony of Infiniti Engineering Academy in Dubai Sebastian Vettel pays homage to his red Bull RB9 after winning his eighth race of 2013 in Korea Tweet Related NewsHorner: It’s just between Lewis and Nico nowMateschitz optimistic about life after VettelMateschitz made no attempt to stop Vettel from leavingVettel’s chief mechanic leaves Red Bull immediatelyMarko: When Mercedes explode again, we will beat themMcLaren: Red Bull sent coded messages to RicciardoProdromou: It’s fantastic to return to McLarenHorner backs team radio clampdown by FIARed Bull accept damage limitation at MonzaHorner: Don’t imagine success will go on forever Snowman Hard to argue with that. Nowhereman Newey and a shit ton of money equals F1 dominance.. Zombie Jebus will eat your brain and take your knowledge Newey is a technical leader, not the sole designer. RBR certainly earned both these accolades, even with that anchor Webber. And since the pics and text are messed up I’ll tack on their Pit Stop record here: 1.923 seconds. Amazing! farizY And the FIA will keep on changing the regulations until these guys are beaten. StevetheGreat Lol in FIArrari’s face!!! bobw But Hammy is still driver of the year. Go figure. O’Ferrari Ferrari SUV bahahahahahahah SteveTheIdiot! Hey bobw! Use your brain! You suck, too. Bob Wheeler O’Ferrari – pi$$ off! Badman Jose The car was very fast, but 2.5 sec advantage in F1, something is wrong here, very wrong..Just one car had that advantage. Was it really possible for one driver to gain that large leap mid way through the season, 2.0 – 2.5 seconds. This old Dog will withhold congratulations for now until I know what really happened. I smell Dog biscuits, some nefarious schemes may be in play, I’ll just stand by my nose. Time will tell Jose Taskmaster Is it possible for a driver to extract 2.5s a lap for a few laps in a race to hold or gain position, vs. his team mate and the field? The answer is quite simple. YES. We have seen it in Vettel, Schumacher, Alonso, Senna, Prost, Clark, Stewart, Fangio, Lauda, etc… It’s what happens when a great driver is driving a great car, and why this is a team sport. Excellent drivers can win races, even close championship battles, as we see with Hamilton, Hunt, Raikkonnen, Button, et al – each exhibiting outstanding drives, but never total domination over the grid or their team mate. Red Bull delivers an outstanding car, Vettel extracts from it all it is capable of, and the result is so remarkable it causes some to fall into a state of disbelief, as we are seeing now. Tinto 2.5s? That should tell you how far behind the rest of teams and why not, racers, are. RB as a team has been stellar, when you bring together guys like Horner, Adrian, Seb, Dietrich, you get double championships year by year. Some may not like, but every driver is partially to be blamed for not helping setting the car as required, bringing the team together, and all the sh$$t that makes F1 what it is.