Webber: Newey key to revival
Mark Webber has hailed Red Bull design guru Adrian Newey as "a beacon" who shines over the entire team.
Much of Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel's recent resurgence in this year's Formula One world championship is being credited to Newey.
The 53-year-old is the only designer to have helped three different teams - Williams, McLaren and Red Bull - win constructors' championships.
Red Bull head into this Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on the brink of claiming their third successive title, while four consecutive wins have propelled Vettel into a 13-point lead in the drivers' race.
With the regulations stable for next season, how Red Bull are ending this campaign is ominous for the other teams ahead of 2013.
For Webber, he readily concedes the Newey factor is one of the reasons why he spurned overtures from Ferrari to stay on another year with Red Bull.
Asked whether Newey was still motivated, Webber said: "Definitely, yeah.
"When I go to the factory it's always a good sign when I see his car there. I'm happy.
"He is always coming up with ideas. Whenever Adrian is around it just brings everyone up - the engineering guys, the mechanics. He is such a beacon for our team.
"For us, when it is a bit smelly, he just sticks to his guns, and when it's going well, you never notice it.
"When we finished first and second in Korea the debrief was no different, and that's just such a quality of Adrian, and that's why it's great to have him.
"He was a big factor in me staying."
Fernando Alonso certainly believes Newey is the difference and why a 44-point lead over Vettel six races ago is now a 13-point deficit.
"When we had a similar car to everyone I think we were leading the championship," said Alonso.
"Now we are fighting against Newey's car, let's say, because they are first and second in all the races, it's not only Sebastian."
Vettel, however, believes that comment to be unfair given the amount of people behind the scenes at the Red Bull factory in Milton Keynes.
"I don't think, in general, this is just a fight between us race drivers," said Vettel, on the official F1 website.
"It is rather a competition amongst teams and all of their members. If you walk into the Red Bull Racing garage you will see that every single individual is committed 100 per cent to making the team more competitive, even if someone is not feeling entirely well.
"So I don't think this would be a fair statement towards any team member."
Newey spent nine seasons with McLaren, from 1997 to 2005, before switching to Red Bull, playing a critical role in the team going from a start-up organisation to champions in just five years.
Despite Red Bull's domination, and after working alongside Newey for many years, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh is adamant he and they are not fireproof.
"I've a feeling there are quite a few decent people at Red Bull, but Adrian is undoubtedly very talented," said Whitmarsh.
"If you are going to have consistent performance then you need a lot of good people, great drivers, a committed team.
"Adrian is legendary in the sport and he does an extraordinarily good job, but he is beatable. All these people are beatable.
"That's what we set out to do. We don't always achieve it, but we will be trying hard to do that."