Adrian Newey, a distinguished figure in the field of motorsports and F1, began his illustrious career at Lola back in 1986. Through his exceptional skills, he has produced Grand Prix cars that have claimed 14 constructors’ titles and 12 drivers’ titles for three different teams. Among the most significant accomplishments under his belt was Williams‘ impressive winning streak in 1992 and 1996, capturing 10 and 12 victories respectively.
In his role as chief technical officer at Red Bull starting in 2006, Newey spearheaded operations that led to 12 victories in 2011 and 13 wins in 2013 as the calendar expanded to include 19 rounds. However, the level of consistency attained by Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez with the RB19 this season is something that Newey holds in high regard. This was confirmed in F1’s Beyond The Grid podcast, where his remarks were recorded during the Singapore Grand Prix and Red Bull had amassed 14 wins.
The Formula One veteran expressed his deep satisfaction with the team’s performance. Newey stated, “This has been our most successul stretch that I’ve personally experienced. Although I’ve been lucky enough to be part of dominant cars in the past, this degree of consistency is unprecedented.” He further shared the reality of racing, emphasizing that even when things seem to be running smoothly, there are countless elements that could go wrong. The accomplishment achieved by the team is a testament to their hard work and dedication, in Newey’s words, “a real tribute to everybody”.
A critical element to the RB19‘s success has been its wide operating window, making it adaptable to various circuits. This stands in stark contrast to the sensitive Mercedes ‘zeropod’ architecture that made its debut with the W13 in 2022, whose design was based on the maximum downforce numbers the team could simulate.
Despite Mercedes‘ eight successive constructors’ titles, Newey maintained his firm belief in the path Red Bull was on, without giving in to the temptation to consider Mercedes’ methods under the new FIA cost cap. He elaborated, “With the resources we have available, a certain degree of gut instinct is a must. Even before the cost cap was introduced, our resources and human capital were limited. There isn’t infinite capacity to explore endless paths in great detail.”
Newey noted how the aerodynamic direction taken with the previous year’s car differed drastically from Mercedes‘ design, almost polar opposites. While Mercedes showed moments of competitiveness and even won the Brazil Grand Prix, Newey was faced with two options– to start researching Mercedes in fear of potentially missing something or to stay on the path they had embraced. Newey decided to trust his gut and stick to the existing plan.