F1 » Newey: Rule change led to slow start

Adrian Newey says Red Bull was slow out of the blocks in 2012 after being forced to make a late change to its exhaust design

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Wade - Unregistered

January 19, 2013 12:52 AM

Before the Canadian Grand Prix, the Red Bull's floor used in the race before (Monaco) was DEEMED ILLEGAL by the FIA. But they didn't lose points. They were then told to change it.


January 19, 2013 4:19 AM

I feel so sorry for Adrian, he is a genius no doubt about it. It's a shame they are restricting him, it's a bit like forcing your son to play rugby even though he is good at football, but that's the way the cookie crumbles I guess. In 20 years they will look back at him and think "Wow, imagine what he would have been capable of if we didn't make rules just to stop him".
Oh well, all he can do is keep pushing the barriers, and keep showing the FIA what he is truly capable of. You go Adrian, you have my full respect.

jim crint - Unregistered

January 19, 2013 5:01 AM

@webberton - don't feel sorry for Adrian Newey. There are certain people who just absolutely love solving problems and he's one if those. The more restrictions and changes they throw at him the more inventive he becomes. He may not have invented anything as fundamental to the structure of an F1 car as Colin Chapman did (for instance, making the engine a load bearing part of the car) but his design genius going back a quarter of a century now must mean he's up there among the all time greats.

I just hope we see more good looking cars on the grid after so many ugly stepped nose jobs in 2012. Last year of the V8s, lets have some great shapes please!

Wade - Unregistered

January 19, 2013 5:22 AM

I don't think he can be called the best ever. Yes, he's designed fast cars over the years, but he still hasn't figured out how to make them fast and not have continuous problems throughout a season.

speedking - Unregistered

January 19, 2013 8:01 AM

Newey has been involved with winning cars at different decades over the years that he has been in motor sport which cant be a coincidence.

People must remember he is not in the business of making his car the fastest, he is in the business of delivering the best Aero package for his car, which results in his car being able to negotiate the bends,tuns and chicanes on a modern day F1 circuit better than the rest. Newey and Red Bull seems to get the balance between straight line speed and d/force better than the rest which has made his cars quicker over a lap while not being the fastest car.

107SS2009 - Unregistered

January 19, 2013 8:16 AM

The difference between not complying with the rules or spirit of the rules and being illegal is only down to the wording of the FIA.
F1 was always and is full of geniuses, the best ones that steal a march on others are the once that circumnavigate the rules the most.
Red Bull are by far the biggest cheats in F1.
They have got away with by far the most illegalities without sanctions.
To anybody on this page that doesn't agree with all or any of the above that have been said , I say, let's take this opportunity of having hardly anything worth talking about and discus all this, “Red Bull the biggest cheats in F1 or not”.
“FARE IL FURBO” it's somewhere between being clever and devious, F1 is naturally rife with ”FURBI” but currently Red Bull are the champs and Newey is the best genius.

speedking - Unregistered

January 19, 2013 8:37 AM

Pushing the boundaries should be encouraged in any industry/sport and not be seen has cheating, and like any sport we need a governing body or arbitrator who will determining if rules are being broken, as far as i know the FIA with all their ecu's which is monitoring how many parameters on a car, race scrutineers, stewards etc has not labeled the Red Bull racing team cheats..

107ss2009 - Unregistered

January 19, 2013 9:06 AM

Red Bull racing has been asked/ordered by the FIA to remove/change numerous things from on the car, all without any sanctions consequences, As I explained the difference between complying with the rules and being illegal is only in the FIA wording.


January 19, 2013 11:07 AM

Sunny by illustration 2012 the FIA sought there wording of the book to be restrictive towards RBR
and won however were not in a postion to prove illegalities.

How is that fair play when they write the book and fail to stop interpretation. Grammer begins in Kindergarten.

Either make the Rulebook Starch Proof or leave it open for innovation and acceptance during a season
without the wondering

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