Newey: We are about six months off being prepared for the start of the 2014 season

2 December, 2013

Adrian Newey has concerns ahead of the new season

Adrian Newey has concerns ahead of the new season

Red Bull technical head Adrian Newey says he is preparing for next year’s Formula 1 regulation changes with some trepidation, and admits that time is not on his team’s side.

The sport is introducing a new V6 turbocharged engine with energy recovery systems in what is considered the biggest shake-up in a generation.

Testing with the new cars is due to start at the end of January with the season starting in Australia next March.

“I think from our perspective it is somewhere between mild panic and crisis management,” Newey joked.

“Next year’s regulations are a huge change. It is a very complicated powertrain and for many teams including ourselves it really is a big challenge.

“Reliability could be a big issue and it is far from clear how the three engine manufacturers will perform compared to each other. We have got the aerodynamic changes too.”

Sebastian Vettel retired only once in 2013, at the British GP

Sebastian Vettel retired only once in 2013, at the British GP

Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel won both Championships again this year, for the fourth year in a row, and Newey, who has also won Championships with Williams and McLaren, said they would have been happy to stick with the old regulations.

“At the moment we all feel it is going to be remarkably different and we are about six months off being prepared for the start of the season,” he added. “But that is the nature of F1 and somehow or other it always seems to be alright on the night. Let’s see.”

Vettel expressed concern that the smaller engines could make the sport less of a thrill for competitors and spectators.

The German recalled that his first Formula 1 test had been in a V10 engined Williams back in 2005, the last year before the V8s were introduced.

“I just hope we are not going down from a power point of view,” he said. “The revs we will lose which I think is a shame – because it is a new direction that we go into and a new technology.” (Reuters)

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  • dcloudy777

    Newey really has his work cut out for him this year. KERS was a small enough percentage of overall power that he could design the car he wanted and wedge KERS in later. This new ERS is going to much more vital, and Newey is going to have to design the aero around it instead of the other way around.
    I hate the changes in regs, but I do admit it should make for an interesting season.

  • JodyRenza

    Don’t be surprised if this is typical tactics by Red Bull to put their opposition at ease…

  • StevetheGreat

    Piss on these 2014 regulations.

    Tho anyone who thinks Red Bull and Vettel aren’t going to be the team to beat hasn’t been paying attention. Just look at how much effort and focus was put into the traction side of their car since the summer break. That work will pay huge dividends in 4 months.

  • matthew

    Nobody should forget that newey is an engineer first and foremost. Engineers never feel like they have enough time. This man would spend 20 years creating the perfect lug nut and still not be satisfied!

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