Red Bull chief Dietrich Mateschitz says his Formula 1 team is more united than ever due to its championship victories, and expects to keep his leading technical personnel on board as well as both drivers.
There had been tension over driver status within the Red Bull Racing camp at times this year, notably following the Turkish Grand Prix collision and Silverstone wing controversy, and then when Mark Webber said in Brazil that he felt the team was "emotionally behind" his teammate Sebastian Vettel. That led to speculation that Webber would not go through with his 2011 deal with Red Bull, but after Vettel won the drivers' title in Abu Dhabi this weekend, Mateschitz said there was no question of Webber leaving or of any other personnel exodus now that Red Bull's goals had been achieved.
"Of course, Mark will stay on, no doubt about it," said Mateschitz. "The whole 'dream team' – maybe that's exaggerated, but I think it's true – will remain together. They all got even more bound together by that success.
"I would say there is no one in the top levels of our team who had not received at least one offer from other teams. I do not know one who accepted this. Nobody let himself be tempted. I am sure this won't change after having won two titles. One thing is for sure, however: in 2011 we will be the hunted ones, not the hunters anymore."
He agreed with team boss Christian Horner that the title success vindicated Red Bull's decision not to nominate either Vettel or Webber as number one driver, even after Vettel's victory over Webber in Brazil initially appeared to make Red Bull's title hopes look more remote.
"Had we turned [the order] around in Brazil we would look very stupid now, wouldn't we?" said Mateschitz. "As I said before, this was never an option and it was good it came out like this. Finally everything turned out fine. All's well that ends well."
Mateschitz added that he had never doubted that his team could still come through and win the title, even after blows like the Korean Grand Prix double retirement that let Fernando Alonso grab the points lead.
"As long as we had a mathematical chance to win it, it was not gone," said Mateschitz. "And we always believed. Everything seemed to be so close, almost in our hands, than the setback [in Korea] happened. Before Abu Dhabi we tried to go through all possibilities and stopped at around 480. The actual situation that came up then wasn't even in our calculations. Even after qualifying we did not think it was over."