Newey says RB7 secret not flexible wing
15 April, 2011
Apr.15 (GMM) Red Bull’s rivals are playing games when their complain about flexible front wing which, according to Red Bull RB7 designer Adrian Newey, is not where the secret of the car’s design lies.
The Briton told Germany’s Auto Bild that it is the entire chassis concept of the dominant 2011 car that leads to the front wing being perceived as running unfairly lower than the opposition cars are capable of doing.
“It is not an issue about the front wing being bent or not,” said Newey. “The secret is how the car is designed overall. There is the impression that the wing is closer to the ground than for example the McLaren, which has been designed with the opposite principle – higher at the front and lower at the back.”
Newey admitted he is annoyed that despite building cars with opposing philosophies, Red Bull’s rivals are making a meal of the low riding front of the RB7.
“I have the impression that teams that have gone McLaren’s way would have our concept prohibited, yet it was their own decision to build their cars the way they did,” he said.
Newey said it is ludicrous to suggest that the front wing explains Red Bull’s impressive pace so far in 2011 and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso in China appeared to agree, saying, “Our problem at the moment has nothing to do with flexible wings.”
The RB7, penned by Newey, has dominated the two opening rounds of the 2011 F1 world championship with Sebastian Vettel winning the Australian GP and the most recent Malaysian GP, taking pole position for both races too.