Adrian Newey: “The level of sniping at us just got silly”

Adrian Newey has emphasised how frustrated he is by suggestions that Red Bull Racing has overstepped the limits of the technical regulations.

Newey was speaking in a superb new documentary made by Red Bull and available on the team’s website and YouTube channel.

“Since 2010 in particular the level of sniping at us just got silly, to be honest,” says Newey in the 29-minute film. “It seemed like every race we were accused of doing something illegal. The car of course was using the regulations to the edge, that’s to me is what you should do in F1.

“There’s no such thing as the spirit of the regulations, it’s black and white printed you can’t do this, you can do that. We took the can do bits right to the edge. The bottom line is the car was legal, and we won the races.”

Meanwhile team boss Christian Horner praises Newey: “What he’s achieved is quite phenomenal. I think he’s now arguably the best ever designer in F1. He surpasses what even Colin Chapman achieved.

“He is absolutely relentless, his desire for excellence, his desire to keep improving the car.”

Complimenting Newey on his pursuit of the limits, Mark Webber says: “I don’t think it’s any secret that our car is one of the hardest cars to work on, and that’s how Adrian just does things, you’ve just got to get on with it. The boys are destroyed.”

The documentary, which also features Sebastian Vettel, gives a fascinating insight into the development of the team since 2005.

It can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/redbullracing

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7 responses to “Adrian Newey: “The level of sniping at us just got silly”

  1. Russ

    Cry me a river.
    No sympathy forthcoming.

  2. Peter

    Right on Adrian! Above comment typifies.

  3. Nice movie, although I’m glad JB did it in ’09.

  4. Naysayers say the car is illegal BUT, it passes all of the scrutineering and wins races? If you want to beat Red Bull, put something out there that can beat them. THEY NEED TO QUIT WHINING!!!

  5. Tony Dowe

    If Adrian is ok about exploring the edge of the rules, then he should be ok when others question how close he is!
    It’s not sniping, it’s F1, hence I think he should stop complaining and get on with it.
    It sounds like he thinks he is the only one that can be right in how he explores what is legal, or not?

  6. Steve W

    “I don’t think it’s any secret that our car is one of the hardest cars to work on, and that’s how Adrian just does things, you’ve just got to get on with it. The boys are destroyed.”

    Destroyed. Wow.

  7. **Paul**

    The snipping is jealousy from other teams. It must be annoying though, everytime one of these other teams complain Red Bull get dragged before Charlie to explain things, normally within a race weekend, which comprimises the team. So I can see exactly why he thought it got silly, and why now both Vettel and Newey have passed comment on it.

    Huge amount of respect to Adrian Newey, the Red Bull started this season someway behind the McLaren in pace terms, and even by half way through the season it still wasn’t a McLaren beater in a normal dry race. To turn that round and give Red Bull the fastest car for 4 of the last 6 races was a real achievement.

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