Adrian Newey has won a lot of trophies in his motor racing career, and his desire to win is as undimmed as ever. But as his RB7 was shown to the world for the first time this morning, he says it’s very much a team effort which has brought Red Bull Racing success.
Newey has won Formula One world titles with Williams and McLaren and IndyCar accolades in America. But the difference about Red Bull Racing is, he says, its team spirit and philosophy.
“The motivation to compete and win is still as strong as ever simply because I really enjoy this team,” he says. “We’ve got a great outfit and we have a good atmosphere here. We don’t pretend to be anything we’re not. We’re a Formula One team that goes about its business of trying to make the best possible car it can. The team of engineers, indeed everyone, in every department, is working extremely hard to achieve that. It has a great atmosphere and I find that very refreshing and very motivating personally.”
And the car which will challenge this season has a decent DNA in the RB6 and the RB5 which won the team its first races. So while regulation changes have not been as drastic as for 2009, the intorduction of Kers, a flexible rear wing mean this is a quite different car to the one which Sebastian and Mark last raced in Abu Dhabi.
“However, what we have done is taken the philosophy of continuing evolution. We have evolved RB6, which itself was an evolution of 2009’s RB5, and this is, if you like, the third generation of a successful lineage.”