Red Bull says it cannot afford to “rest on our laurels” when it attempts to defend both Formula 1 titles next season.
The Milton Keynes-based outfit were well clear of the opposition in 2023, winning all but one of the 22 races on route to sealing both championships.
It was a record-breaking year for Red Bull as it not only surpassed the record for most wins in a season, but also set a new tally of 860 points in the overall standings.
Red Bull’s domination of the current ground-effect regulations the past two years was preceded by Mercedes’ era of success from 2014 to 2021.
Over those eight seasons, Mercedes won all eight constructors’ crowns and seven drivers’ titles with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, becoming the most successful team in F1 history.
But Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is refusing to allow his team to get too complacent, taking inspiration from former Mercedes non-executive chairman and three-time world champion Niki Lauda to ensure Red Bull does not let its guard down.
“Niki was a very wise guy and he was quite right,” Horner said, as quoted by RacingNews365.
“The days you lose, as long as you’re prepared to accept the lessons are the days that you learn the most.
“And I think that you’re always learning, the races that you win there are always things that you can do better. So even the analysis out of [the United States Grand Prix] we were very strong on Saturday, our opponents were close to us on Sunday.
“So you can never rest on your laurels. You’ve got to keep looking forward. You’ve got to keep pushing, you’ve got to keep looking forward because for sure, everybody behind you is.
“You have to remember that since the summer break, we’ve really added very little performance, if anything, to the car.
“With the wind tunnel restrictions that we’ve had, we’ve elected to use that on RB20, next year’s car as opposed to continuing the development on RB19.
“And that’s not to say, whatever we do now, we don’t learn and apply for next year but we’ve managed to be consistent at a whole variance of circuits.”