“We weren’t the only ones using the rear wing in a certain way. Alfa Romeo did it too and I think at least one other team “. Adrian Newey, a designer specializing in aerodynamics who has now signed a considerable number of F1 cars capable of winning the world title, admitted with great serenity the fact that Red Bull was forced to redesign the rear wing following tests of more severe rigidity introduced by the FIA starting from the French Grand Prix.
“In a sense we can take this as a compliment – added Newey star of the Talking Bull podcast – we have already gone through similar experiences when we were involved in world championship fights against Ferrari for example. The issue of the flexibility of the aerodynamic appendages has always been much discussed in F1 and it is normal for the top teams to be very attentive to every detail of the competing cars. Certainly we don’t care too much about who is at the bottom of the starting grid ”.
According to Newey, the term ‘war’ is not sportingly wrong. Red Bull and Mercedes are effectively engaged in a war on the last update in this 2021 in which the change of regulation expected in the next season should not be forgotten. “It’s a natural analogy, even if I don’t like it, the one with war. Every detail is taken into consideration and we try in every way to be more competitive. We’ll see if Mercedes will inspire us with some ideas ”. Red Bull has requested a clarification from the Federation regarding the flexibility of the Mercedes front wing and according to what recently reported by Helmut Marko the FIA has not yet officially taken a position on the issue raised by the Milton Keynes team.