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Newey: Pirelli mid-season changes boosted Red Bull performance in 2013

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Sebastian-Vettel-friday-practice-2013-Formula-1-Belgian-Grand-PrixRed Bull technical Chief Adrian Newey admits that the Pirelli mid-season tyre modification helped Red Bull Racing in 2013 Formula 1 season, probably more than some of our competitors.

Also the F1 design guru added that they are struggled in start of last season, even as Ferrari and Mercedes starts a strong season.

“There was no guarantee that we were going to come out with a good car this year, and everyone has been chipping away at it, it is the fifth season of this band of regulations – which is an ever-tightening band to work in. Newey told Autosport.

“I think we saw at the start of the season it was very tight. Ferrari started off very strong and Mercedes came on very strongly, and certainly going into August we were feeling that this was going to be really tough.

“And then I think we made some small improvements to the car, Pirelli also had to go back to the 2012 tyres which seemed to suit the car better and it suddenly fell into our hands.”

Newey admits that the innovative 2013 Pirellis had held Red Bull back. “The tyre change certainly helped us, probably more than some of our competitors,”.

“Our performance advantage has tended to be in high-speed corners and straightline braking, when you are putting maximum load into the tyres.

“So you then put on a tyre that is fairly fragile and not able to cope with high loads, and it stands to reasons that you will be less able to take advantage of it.”

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