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Continuity key for Red Bull - Webber

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Mark Webber says continuity has been the key to Red Bull's success and doubts poaching staff is a guarantee of improvement.

Over the past six months it has been announced that Red Bull will lose the likes of head of aerodynamics Peter Prodromou to McLaren, and Mark Ellis and Giles Wood to Mercedes. However, writing in a blog about the hire-and-fire mentality in Premier League football, Webber says Red Bull's stability has been at the core of its dominance of Formula One in recent years.

"It's easy to assume that a racing driver operates without as much reliance on leadership but that's not always the case," Webber wrote on Sportlobster. "In Formula One you have a team of over 500 staff so good management and good delegation is very important. 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.

"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."

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