What do you do when the car you designed isn’t quite taking the fight to Mercedes and Ferrari? When your car is ill? Why you make an appointment to go see Dr. Newey, that’s what you do.
According to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, premier designer Adrian Newey had a 50% hand in this year’s Formula 1 car but after the team were woefully off the pace in the first few races, Newey appeared on the pit wall, for only the second time this season, in Spain.
“He has just been listening very carefully to what the drivers have been having to say and it is a bit like a trip to the doctors.
“He has been very keen to understand what the drivers’ feedback and comments are, and I am sure he will be looking to evolve this package accordingly.
“[Over the winter] he has been involved 50% of the time in the background of this car, but since the Barcelona test he has been very involved. I think that will continue for the time being.”
I know the Renault power unit is a serious deficit right now but just how much of that can overcome through Newey genius? That’s the big question.
It will be difficult to know as Monaco is next and that’s a one-off unique circuit but how much time can Adrian claw back through micro-managing the current car design?
Hat Tip: Autosport