Coulthard not sure Red Bull will continue to dominate
27 December 2013 – Former Red Bull driver David Coulthard thinks the Red Bull era might end in 2014. According to Coulthard dominance in Formula 1 comes and goes every couple of years and with the introduction of the new rules and engines in Formula 1 we'll have to wait and see who will be strong after this winter break.
"History suggests dominance is not linear. It is going to change at some point and as good a time as any for that is when there is a major change of regulations, as next year," Coulthard stated in his column for BBC. "Turbo engines with extensive energy recovery and new chassis rules that, among other things, will eradicate the exhaust-blown rear aerodynamics that have been the dominant feature of the past four years, mean a rethink for all the teams.
It's easy to say Red Bull remain the favourites - they have one of the biggest budget, if not the biggest of all, some very clever people, a great driver, and their level of consistency over the past five years has to mean something. But the fact is no-one knows who will come up with the best solution to the new rules - and the unfreezing of engine development for the first time in eight years adds further uncertainty.
"Two decades in F1 as a driver and then a commentator have taught me to sit back and observe and make a judgement based on fact rather than feeling. People are already talking about the new engines producing more ultimate power than the outgoing V8s. There will inevitably be reliability issues at the start of the season. F1 is about technological development and we can now genuinely talk about F1 technology advancing that of road cars.
And if at the same time that mixes things up on the race track, that cannot be a bad thing for F1."