The reign champion Red Bull Racing’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey claim 2012 Red Bull challenger can still improve.
Newey designed Red Bull RB7 was dominant performance through the last two (2010 and 2011) season with Sebastian Vettel, the double time world champion set 11 victories and 15 pole positions in 2011 season.
“All we can do is try and look at our own weaknesses from this year, and try and improve on them,” Newey told Autosport. We still had some areas that could be improved upon, but as always it is going to be the development race through the winter.
“We have got some regulation changes – primarily the restriction of exhaust exit position and mapping – which means that the exhaust effect is almost zero now. So, everybody will be working to try and recover that lost downforce, and whoever comes up with the best solutions will probably be the winners next year.”
“I don’t know. Possibly,” he said when asked if his rivals were hurt by Red Bull’s form in 2011. “I cannot comment on how anyone else is thinking or working. All I can say is that from our own point of view, it is to try and do as we always advocate – which is to get our heads down and worry about our own business and do the best job we can over the winter and see where it gets to.”
“No, you never do,” he said. “All through pre-season testing you are never really quite sure, and it certainly seemed that Ferrari were going to be our main rivals, and McLaren were struggling with their exhaust system. But they did a painfully good and quick job of copying ours between the last test and the first race, so their performance in Melbourne was unexpected. And really after that it was really the usual development race.
“There were some circuits where it didn’t quite pan out for us, mainly around the very cold weather of July/August where we struggled, but having said that, other races, which traditionally had not been happy hunting grounds over the last couple of years, like Spa and Monza, we were very competitive at.”
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