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Adrian Newey: 2013 Red Bull RB9 is a very much an evolutionary car

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Red Bull Racing’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey says that new challenger RB9 is a very much an evolutionary car.

Newey said during the Red Bull RB9 launch, new car is really been a case of refining the RB8, no huge changes.

Also he added that they need to continue to understand the Pirelli, especially the Italian manufacturer having altered its products for 2013.

“It’s an evolutionary car; there were no big regulation changes over the winter. The most significant change is not the regulations; it’s the new Pirelli tyres. We had a quick test in P1 in Brazil but it was very hot and on a green track and in truth we didn’t learn a lot.” Newey said during the RB9 launch.

“It’s really been a case of refining the RB8. There are no huge changes. It’s very much an evolutionary car. All the principles the same as last year.

“The devil has very much been in the detail with this car. We’ve tidied up some bits that we felt could be improved on. Development is now the key through the year.” He added

“We need to continue to understand the tyres,” he said. “Every time we thought we understood them last year, some fresh surprise would come in and we’d realise it wasn’t complete. And they’ve changed the tyre anyway this year.

“Past experience is that it’s only when we get out testing that we really find out about the tyres. We obviously had a very tight championship battle last year and it was difficult trying to develop last year’s car and do the research into this year’s car,” he said.

“It gave us a very tight timeframe to manufacture this car. To have it here today, two days before the first test, is a remarkable effort.”


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