Newey: Looking forward to our home race
30 June, 2010
Jun.30 (Grand Prix 247) Last year at Silverstone when Sebastian Vettel won the British Grand Prix and Mark Webber joined him on the podium, collecting the Constructors trophy for Red Bull Racing was the team’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey.
The Formula 1 design guru spoke ahead of the British Grand Prix, giving his opinion on the new Silverstone layout, the crash and win for the Red Bull team in Valencia.
Newey said of racing on their “home” circuit, “We are really looking forward to our home race at Silverstone. Red Bull Racing is just 30 minutes down the road and naturally a lot of our staff get the chance to see the race. It is difficult to forecast how we will perform; there are so many variables such as track temperatures, so many swings in team performances.
With the team’s F-Duct intorduced at the European Grand Prix there are not many upgrades for the pace setting RB6, “We won’t have any large changes for the car at Silverstone, mainly small evolutionary changes to the front and rear wings. We did make some revisions for Valencia with a new diffuser and updated F-Duct which all worked well, the team worked incredibly hard and Sebastian drove a great race. He did really well to manage the car through the race after he locked up the brakes and flat spotted the front left tyre when the race restarted after the safety car period. It was a huge relief that Mark was okay after his big accident.”
Newey added, “It’s tougher now, after one and a half years of the new regulations (from 2009), to find big gains but it is interesting to see how our exhaust system has become popular along the pit lane!”
As for the “new” Silverstone Newey is optimistic, “We look forward to trying the new section of the circuit in anger for the first time. Like all the other teams we received the plan view map which we have simulated, but not until we actually run will we be able to assess details such as bumps and grip changes. It looks good and from my experience at Silverstone’s MotoGP round a week ago, the riders loved it.”