Jun.17 – Current Championship leader Red Bull working hard for fix the KERS troubles in RB7. Adrian Newey designed RB7 has continue to 2011 F1 domination, but the team has at the same time struggled with the reliability of its energy recovery system, having not used the technology when it was first seen in Formula 1 in 2009.
Red Bull has taken a different approach to KERS than its main competitors, reducing the size and weight – and therefore power – of the basic Magneti Marelli unit in order to maximise Newey’s parameters for the car’s aerodynamic packaging.
“I’m still sure that we’ve done the right thing,” the team’s chief designer Rob Marshall told The Sun newspaper. Once we get it to work, we’ll be happy that we’ve made the right choices. We haven’t made any wrong decisions,” he insisted. But, according to Newey, Red Bull underestimated the challenge taken on by deciding to considerably tinker with the unit that is proving reliable aboard the Renault cars.
“It needs a lot of research, lots of development. It is not really our forte. We are an aerodynamics and, sort of, chassis composite engineering group rather than a KERS group,” said Newey.
He admitted that Red Bull implemented the project with quite a small group of engineers dedicated to KERS.
“With hindsight (the group was) probably a little bit too small,” said Newey.
Notably in the past 26 Grand Prix races, a Newey designed Red Bull has won no fewer than 14 times.
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