F1 » Horner: 2013 Red Bull ‘late in design’

Next year's Red Bull RB9 is a little behind schedule when it comes to its design, according to team principal Christian Horner.

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Texas Roadhouse

December 05, 2012 3:19 PM
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Agree with droog - mind you Chapman made several quantum leaps during the halcyon Lotus days - change to monocoque from space-frame (25), side mounted rads (72) - and, of course ground effect (78 & 79)(although the rule book then was far less restrictive). The cars' present layout and look still largely reflect Chapman's innovative thoughts. Had he still been around (and had managed to stay out of clink), I wonder what other examples of his genius would we have enjoyed? Newey's brilliance/genius is inevitably hampered by the many restrictions contained in the present rules and regs. His concept of an unrestricted F1 car, though, is both amazing and frightening....


December 05, 2012 4:07 PM

droog. i think that newey is above colin. abc made his cars bordering on dangerous, with parts breaking due to his obsession whith adding lightness. newey on the other hand is a genius at rule interpretation but also manages to make a very reliable car.
i wonder how abc would have coped with the current rules.

The Old Man - Unregistered

December 05, 2012 4:37 PM

Successor, but not his equal.

Chapman reinvented and re-shaped F1 cars forever. Today's cars are updates to the Lotus 78 & 79. It's not being mean to say so, it's just true.

Thank you, Collin. Say "hi" to Peterson and Senna.

JohnO - Unregistered

December 05, 2012 4:43 PM

After three consecutive WCC's and WDC's, I predict that RBR will lose a little bit of their intensity and hunger and slip up next year. It's tough to win, but even tougher to keep on winning.


December 05, 2012 6:43 PM

walrus. without drs, seb already runs off into the sunset, usually by about 1 sec per lap. but i would agree that he is helped by being on the front row. but oddly enough, the bull is one of the slowest cars as it is normally geared for the race, rather than out and out quali.

i too would like to see drs abolished. i wonder what they are going to do with the passive drd next year?

JohnO - Unregistered

December 05, 2012 7:14 PM

I don't get the anti-DRS sentiment. It was intended as an overtaking aid, and it has worked in that sense. Scrapping it entirely would make the races more boring.

DRS in qualifying does not confer an advantage on any car or driver. Like the front wing rule changes, this seems to be driven by certain peoples need to attribute Seb's success to some magic about his car - magic which for some reason never works for his team-mate.

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