Red Bull’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey is admits that, aggressive packaging spoil Red Bull in opening test at Jerez.
New RB10 only completed 31 laps during the opening test at Jerez, Milton Keynes based squad confirmed that the RB10’s major trouble was the heat of the exhaust setting fire to bodywork.
At the Annual Motoring Dinner at the RAC, design guru Newey told Autosport: – “What stopped us at Jerez, on our side as opposed to Renault’s side, was a problem where the bodywork local to the exhaust was catching fire”
“It’s a problem which hopefully we can get on top of ready for Bahrain. It was really a lack of time [that caused the problem]. It was something that we could have proved out on the dyno if we had managed to get everything together earlier.
“But Renault have been up against it in terms of their use of the dyno, we have been up against it making the parts in time.
“So I think had we been a couple of weeks further ahead then that could all have been done in private on the dyno. But unfortunately it was done in public.”
Also he accepted responsibility for the exhaust difficulty, although he stressed that Renault’s 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engine is particularly demanding in terms of cooling.
“Hands up on our side, that was a Red Bull problem, it was, you could argue, a result of aggressive packaging but we felt that we needed to take a few risks to try to get a good package that would minimise the aerodynamic damage of this very large cooling requirement. said Newey.