Red Bull Racing technical chief Adrian Newey believes the freshness of the current iteration of Formula 1's technical regulations was the key factor in allowing his team to emerge as the sport's best team this year.
With Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber's 1-2 finish in the Brazilian Grand Prix securing Red Bull Racing its first constructors' title, Newey has also made a bit of history himself by winning a championship with his third different team. But with modern F1 so competitive, Newey believes that it is the fact that F1 embraced new technical regulations two seasons ago that allowed Red Bull Racing to overcome bigger outfits like Ferrari and McLaren.
"I think we have been fortunate in a way in that the rules are still to some extent in their infancy," said Newey. "We are the second year into a very big set of regulation changes and with some fairly significant winter changes this year, and that helps to differentiate.
"If you can come up with fresh ideas, new ideas that steal a march then that happens. If you get to a position where we got to at the end of 2008 where we were many years into very stable regulations then it becomes very difficult to find new avenues."
Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner also thinks that good teamwork at the outfit has also played its part in the success.
"I think we have assembled a great group of guys and girls who work together so fantastically well," said Horner. "There is a commitment and dedication that has gone in, not just this year but previous years as well under the technical leadership of Adrian. But it is not all about individuals. It is about how the group has worked fantastically well collectively. Six and a half years ago Dietrich Mateschitz had a vision and today we've fulfilled that vision which is just an unbelievable feeling."
Horner also reckons that Red Bull Racing had little trouble shaking off its image as only a "party team."
"I think Red Bull, as soon as it joined F1, it brought a new energy and went about things differently in the way that we invited guests into our motorhome and the way we were involved in F1," he said. "It didn't mean that we were any less serious or committed than any other team – we were just different. And, we have built a great group as a privateer team with a customer engine, with great support from Renault and the culmination of that is this result, which is a tremendous, tremendous team effort."
Although Newey's job is now done in having delivered a platform for the team to win the Constructors' Championship, he says there remains total determination to clinch the drivers' crown too.
"For the team, the drivers' championship is prestige as well as constructors'," he said. "For the drivers, I would like to see one of them win and we will do everything we can."