Despite the fact that the team is currently the one to beat in F1, Red Bull designer Adrian Newey has admitted that he underestimated the size of the job at hand when he first signed up with the Milton Keynes-based squad.

Newey had already secured championship honours with both Williams and McLaren before being signed by Dietrich Mateschitz to improve the fortunes of his team, which had morphed out of the ill-fated Jaguar outfit at the end of 2004.

Joining the team too late to have an impact on the 2006 car, Newey's first design helped Red Bull to finish fifth in the 2007 standings. Despite a tough 2008, Newey's RB5 helped the team to take its first win in 2009, while the RB6 carried Sebastian Vettel to the title last year.

With the RB7 now the car to beat, Red Bull remain favourites to secure honours again this time around but Newey said it hadn't been easy to take the team to the top.

"The first championship at Williams was special because any time you achieve something for the first time is special," he told the Independent. "But I think Red Bull probably is in many ways the most satisfying, because with Williams and then McLaren they were both great teams that had won championships prior to my arrival, so the infrastructure was all there and they had proved themselves but perhaps had got into periods in both cases where they had lost their way a little bit on the design and performance of the car. But it was all there and just needed rekindling.

"Red Bull was a much bigger task, one I underestimated. When I first joined, it wasn't a design job, it was more trying to create the structure and the research capabilities within the team and getting the people working together in a way that we could then go forwards and make it into a design job. I guess in a way there's a career risk doing that, so it's been very satisfying to have achieved it."

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