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Q&A - Adrian Newey, Red Bull

Mark had a rocky ride last year. Through his 2010 he had a very good season and he was unlucky in many ways not to be World Champion at the end of that year. 2011 he initially I think struggled a little bit to understand how to use the Pirelli tyres. It took a little bit of time for him to adapt to them. He's had a great winter, he's tremendously fit, he's really looking forward to the start of the season and I think he'll be one to look out for this year I hope.

Q:
Is part of what keeps you coming back the process of evolving this team? Is it still a work in progress?

Adrian Newey:
The team is still a relatively young team, it's come a long way in a very short period and we had a great deal of success over the last two or three years but we still occasionally show our youth, we still occasionally make mistakes which hopefully is like the swan that looks graceful on the top but there is lot of action going on underneath. So we're still learning, but I think the fact that we are a young team with tremendous spirit and determination is great, which means that we do learn and we do try to evaluate and to continue to criticise ourselves and see how we can improve. I would hope with the confidence of the last few years and our steady improvement, we can keep maintaining and keep learning.

Q:
How do you approach that moment of first dropping the car on track? Are you quietly confident or is there a dread of what other teams will bring?

Adrian Newey:
People often ask just before the new car runs, what's the expectation for this year and my answer is always, I have absolutely no idea. We know what we have done through the winter, we know how we have developed the car but we have absolutely no idea what everybody else has done, with the regulation changes and restrictions then it's quite a different game to the end of last year. Have we made as much improvement as others, more, less? It's impossible to know. There is always trepidation when we start pre-season testing, and pre-season testing itself is very difficult to read from. If we are hopelessly uncompetitive to another team then we will probably realise it, if there's two or three of us that look broadly similar then it will be very difficult to pick actually who is the quickest out of those. So it won't be until we get to Melbourne qualifying that we'll really get more of a feel for it.

Q:
Finally, how does the OBE feel?

Adrian Newey:
To be recognised by the Queen with an OBE is very flattering, I'm particularly proud of the fact that it's for engineering achievements. I think so often engineers in the UK are overlooked and that's a shame given our proud roots through the Victorian area of developing industry and technology engineering. I feel real pride actually that I've been awarded that and a tremendous thank you to everybody who feels that's been appropriate. I've had an enormously enjoyable career and to be recognised as an engineer gives a very good feeling.





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