Blinky McSquinty wrote:
When Red Bull bought out Jaguar and started racing in 2005, the man in charge, Dietrich Mateschitz, had a good idea of what he wanted to happen. The transformation was initially slow, but he brought in key people that transformed what was once Jaguar into it's own identity with it's own culture. Lots of money was spent on hiring key people, and building facilities required for a world-class racing effort. He basically designed the team from scratch.
Red Bull already had a few key ingredients in place, such as the Red Bull driver's program. In 2006 Stoddard sold his team to Red Bull in 2006 and it obviously became it's sister racing outfit STR. Over the years key personnell have been recruited, the obvious name Newey. But Red Bull know what it takes for these people to flourish and work to their maximum, and have created a coccoon around Newey, allowing him to work in the manner he chooses, supported by a team of very smart people.
The end result is a driver program streamed to find the next Vettel and put him in the right car at the right time. They have created their own unique culture focused on one thing, success, and a team environment that delivers just that.
Dietrich Mateschitz wanted a winning Formula One team. He didn't just throw money at it, he designed a built a winning team.
As ever, a very good post from you. I saw Horner something similar on TV, last year I think, that their success was effectively to let each person do what he does best, to focus only on that and not worry about anything else, so Horner worries about the money etc, and Newey has only the car design to concern himself with.