I think people are reading too much into this. Red Bull might have perfected the OTBD, but that doesn’t mean its the sole reason for their success. As Steph rightly points out, Red Bull are not an ultra-competitive team – they just have an ultra-competitive driver. And we’ve seen it plenty of times this year where they dominate qualifying, but lose their advantage in race trim. I’m willing to bet that the RB7 works better when it is lightly-fuelled and on fresh tyres than when it’s fuel-heavy. Adrian Newey is smart enough to know that a strong qualifying position is critical, so the RB7 is really a qualifying car that gets raced rather than a race car that qualifies, if that makes sense.