Red Bull Racing's chief technical officer Adrian Newey has admitted that the peaking order could change next season and that there is no guarantee the Milton Keynes-based outfit will again be at the head of the pack.
Red Bull did the double in 2010 and the RB6 was considered to be the class of the field. However, Newey knows that F1 is extremely competitive and he isn't taking anything for granted in the countdown to the launch of the outfits' 2011 car, the RB7.
“It is impossible to know [if we will be able to do it again next season],” he told Telegraph TV
. “I think last year we were able to be contenders for the championship. But this year we were fortunate to deliver it. Next year though it could all change.
“That is the thing about motor racing. There is no guarantee year-to-year. Teams, as we keep seeing, can come up and can come down. We will just keep our heads down and do the best possible job we can over the winter period. We will then find out in March where that has brought us.”
Meanwhile, Newey picked out the season finale in Abu Dhabi, when Sebastian Vettel came through to win the race for the team and secure the drivers' title, as his personal highlight of the F1 2010 season.
“It has been a long hard year, full of real highs and lows. It has been probably the biggest rollercoaster season I have ever been through,” Newey continued. “But I'd have to say crossing the line in Abu Dhabi and winning the drivers' championship [was the best moment].
“I think, the constructors', we thought we had a good chance and we were able to deliver that with one race to go, which was fantastic. But with the drivers, I must admit on the Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, I thought: 'We are probably not going to do this, what a shame' - and to actually achieve it six hours later was amazing,” Newey summed-up.