“According to the regulations, everything on the car must be rigid. But we all know that it is not possible ”. Adrian Newey, a designer with a curriculum and experience hardly matched in F1, for years he has been signing strokes of genius for Red Bull, a team that won everything from 2010 to 2013 with Sebastian Vettel at the wheel. The Red Bull RB16-B compared to the previous sister proved to be able to compete with the Mercedes W12, also because the defects that emerged on the 2020 model immediately cleared the ideas of Adrian Newey and his men who intervened in terms of tokens on the gearbox so that the rear suspension can be redesigned.
The RB16-B started the championship with the ranks of favorite and during the season there was no shortage of controversy. The first were linked to the flexible rear wings, which since the French Grand Prix have had to respond to stricter criteria in terms of rigidity. A move from the Federation that Adrian Newey did not like: “Alfa Romeo had asked the FIA at the beginning of the year if anything would change in terms of regulation regarding the rear wings, and the answer was ‘no’. But then the regulation changed. We are talking about a minimal effect in terms of lap times, but with considerable costs to be able to comply with the new parameters established by the regulation ”.
Newey also revealed that Red Bull did not risk running into complaints in Baku, Azerbaijan, when it would still be allowed to use the flexible ailerons: “We could not risk a complaint and therefore we have already adjusted to Baku”, concluded Newey interviewed by the German newspaper Auto Motor und Sport.