Coulthard explains what makes the Red Bull organisation so incredibly strong

18 August at 12:07
Last update 18 August at 12:09

David Coulthard raced for Red Bull Racing in Formula 1 between 2005 and 2008, so he knows the Austrian team well. The thirteen-time Grand Prix winner is still closely involved with the Milton Keynes-based team. In GP Racing magazine he explains why, in his opinion, Red Bull is so successful.

Red Bull won eight world titles (four drivers and four constructors) between 2010 and 2013, but then entered a period of drought. Nevertheless, the formation always remained at the top, with Max Verstappen eventually winning the 2021 world title.

When asked about Red Bull's secret, Coulthard replied: " I think it’s top down, bottom up. Top down in that Dietrich doesn’t interfere at all. He’s got a voice and he can be very strong if he doesn’t like something. But once he’s agreed, that’s what’s happening. That allows Christian to get on with the day-to-day operational side. They’ve got a good core of hardworking people who understand their places. Look at Adrian Newey – he’s a very humble individual when you consider his success."

Red Bull stays in F1

The 51-year-old Scot believes Red Bull will remain in Formula One for the foreseeable future, especially given its most recent investments. In the past year Helmut Marko warned Red Bull several times that they could say goodbye to the premier class of motorsport. This was mainly at the time of the bad marriage with engine supplier Renault.

However, Coulthard doesn't see an exit happening now that Red Bull Powertrains is running at full speed and taking on more and more people from other teams. There is certainly a chance that Horner will keep the organisation going for the next few years. "There is no reason why that can’t be led by Christian for future years and decades. Helmut will inevitably, at a certain point, not be able or willing to travel in the same way that he does, but right now the system is working and it will continue to play to the strengths of two things."