Formula 1 design guru Adrian Newey claims that they are working hard on this winter for trying to catch up again with new machine RB9, following difficult 2012 campaign.
Red Bull continued to update 2012 machine RB8 until the US Grand Prix a week previous to the championship ending, Newey admitted that upgrade effort on RB9 was more difficult as a consequence.
Lewis Hamilton was challenged with RB8 in the brand new US Grand Prix, and in final race at Brazil Red Bull clinched drivers’ title following a tough fight with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.
“We were introducing developments to the car right up to the penultimate race,” Red Bull chief technical officer Newey told Autosport.
“That has made it difficult to introduce all of those and simultaneously develop the next car.”
Adrian Newey is now facing a race against time to get the 2013 RB9 ready for pre-season testing.
“If I’m honest, this has compromised the timescales of the new car more than we would have liked. It was the right trade at the time because we managed to get the job done but it means a busy winter trying to catch up again.” He added