F1 » Newey: Red Bull were concerned

Adrian Newey admits that Red Bull were worried about the 2012 season due to regulations changes that came into play before the campaign started

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December 12, 2012 7:16 PM

interesting in the full comment from him, he gave an example. remember the fuss about the hole in the bulls floor? macca objected to this, but ferrari had been running an identical one even before the bull. (not the slotted one that they subsequently used).

JohnO - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 7:43 PM

"there was no dominance that Red Bull had enjoyed twelve months earlier when the season got underway in Australia"

Same old same old. There has been no Red Bull domination in any year. There has been some Sebastian Vettel dominance at times, yes, but "Red Bull dominance" conjures up the image of Vettel and Webber finishing one-two, and that's been a remarkably rare occurrence.

JJJ - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 8:00 PM

I think the comment about the spirit of the regulations is absolutely spot on, that's what F1 is about and that's how technological advances are made.

However, I'm not opposed to the FIA imposing new rules to ban certain inovative solutions after the fact (whithin a reasonable time period), that's their prerogative.

So I completely agree that Newey is right in complaining about sometimes being made out to be a cheater cause it's rubbish, however, he should not complain when the FIA says 'ok well done m8, good on ya, but we'll take away these toys for next year...'

Just work on the next race winning car like so many years before.

aGenuineF1fanie - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 8:42 PM


If Ferrari had acually had an innovation of their own (it's been a long long while...That's Italian engineering these days) you can bet it wouldn't have been banned. These persky clever brits eh!!!!


December 12, 2012 9:07 PM

Richard, it was not a fuss about a hole, it was all about being within the rules.
The FIA made a u-turn over the legality of the RB8 (tyre squirt duct) which resulted in RBR keeping at least 45 points including the Monaco win gained with an illegal part.
This tyre squirt duct was actually (technically) a hole in the floor, holes in the floor were supposed to have been outlawed when DDD'S disappeared at the end of 09.
Both FERRARI and Sauber had similar devices but to be in line with the rules Sauber had extended a small slither to the floor edge in order for it to be termed a slot, FERRARI had 3 tyre squirt slots and theirs meet with the edge of the floor which made them legal.

Matt - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 9:07 PM

I hate when FIA bans some of inventions that are not illegal, MIDDLE of season. If some one comes up with something thats not illegal why in the h"ll does it need to be banned mid season? I can understand it being banned after the year but mid season just blows my mind.


December 12, 2012 9:39 PM

sunny. a fuller review of his comment is on yalla. he is referring to a hole that ferrari had, that did NOT have the slots cut in the floor. presumably ferrari decide o cut the slots (as we discussed at the time) following the calls for "clarification".

don't forget, red bull actually had a letter frm fia saying that their interpretation was in order.

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