Webber: Red Bull have proved continuity is king
7 January 2014 – Former Red Bull Racing F1 driver Mark Webber has said a ‘steady long-term vision’ is one of the key reasons the Milton Keynes-based outfit has enjoyed so much success in recent years.
His comments were made in an exclusive blog on sport social network, Sportlobster, and came as he criticised Premier League football owners for not giving managers enough time to do their job.
“In my opinion Red Bull have proved that continuity is king. The policy at Red Bull is to have very little turnover of staff and drivers. Constant reshuffling in F1 is probably even more damaging than football as it’s so inefficient and expensive,” wrote the Aussie, who will embark on a new challenge in 2014, having joined Porsche to compete in sportscars.
“It’s easy to assume that a racing driver operates without as much reliance on leadership but that’s not always the case. In F1 you have a team of over 500 staff so good management and good delegation is very important,” he continued.
“On paper, apart from Adrian Newey, Red Bull didn’t start with many big names. Their philosophy was not to poach people from rival teams but to build up from the bottom.
"Now many of the Red Bull guys are sought after by everyone else. Much of the success is down to unsung heroes who most people will never even hear about.
“Some of the emerging owners in football could benefit from a steady long-term vision much like that of Red Bull.
“Lasting success doesn’t come overnight.”