Red Bull Racing technical chief Adrian Newey has admitted that he is looking to take better memories away from this year's race in an effort to erase the nightmare of 1991.

Then at Williams, Newey was working on Nigel Mansell's car at the time of the infamous 'waving' incident that saw the Briton 'hand' victory to a surprised Nelson Piquet after the engine cut out as he acknowledged the cheers of the crowd. Tyrrell's Stefano Modena and Williams team-mate Riccardo Patrese both also made it past the Briton to fill out the podium, while Mansell was eventually credited with sixth place - a lap down and behind the two Jordans which scored the new team's first points.

"What would have been my first ever F1 race win as an engineer should have been Canada in 1991, when Nigel Mansell was leading here by a considerable margin," Newey recalled, "The rest as they say is history.

"At the time, it was very hard to take, because I thought, finally, after years of trying with Leyton House and Williams, I was going to win one and, then, just a quarter of a mile to the finish it all went wrong. I remember being extremely dejected."

Newey has admitted that Red Bull Racing will need to get on top of its reliability problems if it is to chase a points finish, but is confident that the team is moving in the right direction.

"We are trying to get on top of our reliability problems, which have centred on gearbox electrics and hydraulics," he confirmed, "But I think we have moved forward on that front."

 

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