Red Bull’s Adrian Newey On the Lookout for F1 ‘Disaster’ Despite Leapfrogging Ferrari in Spain

Published 05/25/2022, 11:23 AM EDT
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 09: Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull Racing in the Red Bull Racing garage during final practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 9, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Red Bull could not have hoped for a better weekend at the Spanish Grand Prix. In a race full of incidents and problems, Red bull still managed a 1-2 finish. A result that saw them leapfrog Ferrari on two fronts, in the constructors’ championship table, as well as Max overtaking Charles Leclerc in the driver’s championship table.

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However, the Milton Keynes-based team is still being cautious and knows there’s still a long way to go. With just 6 races in, the leader Ferrari has switched positions with Red Bull for the first time this season. But we don’t think that will be the last time, as there are still 16  more races to go. And there’s plenty of fight left in this F1 season as the battle will continue between Red Bull and Ferrari.

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Through the interview, Adrian Newey, the CTO of Red Bull racing, set expectations for the rest of the season. When asked, “You’re leading both world championships at the minute… so you must be very confident as we go forward for the rest of the season?” 

He replied, “No, you can never be confident. I mean, it’s six races down as of now and I think it’s 22 races now, so it’s a huge way to go and it’s very tight.”

“You’ve seen how quickly it can swing around. I mean, we had the same in the middle of last year with Silverstone and Hungry being a bit of a disaster for us, so it’s way too early to be confident.” 

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Adrian and the team are definitely cautious as we saw last year, as well as how tight it can all get.

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Red Bull CTO praised by former racing driver

On the podcast, Alex Wurz is asked about Newey being a “Genius,” and his standout quality. Wurz, the former Mclaren man, firstly comments, “That is a good guy.” Before adding, “Of course F1 attracts geniuses. Adrian is much more driven as him giving first visions then having his team of course behind him in Red Bull, so the collective brainpower is there and accepting that until I am at my point of vision, I am accepting deficits and he just makes it stick.

LE CASTELLET, FRANCE – JUNE 23: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull Racing look on from the pit wall during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 23, 2018 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

In the words of Alex Wurz, Adrian does not stop until he achieves his vision with his team. Wurz mentions how it’s not a one-man show and an entire team is required to achieve a vision.

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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.

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