Newey concedes Red Bull could be reliant on Renault

By on Wednesday, November 6, 2013
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Red Bull technical director Adrian Newey has conceded that Red Bull could be reliant on Renault producing a strong power unit if they are to win a fifth successive championship in 2014.

The current 2.4 litre V8 engines, of which Renault has powered Red Bull since the start of 2007, will be replaced by 1.6 litre V6 turbos, which includes the new energy recovery system.

Newey admits that Red Bull may be reliant on their French partners, rather than the pure aerodynamic advantage that Red Bull has enjoyed for the past few seasons.

"Certainly the regulation changes are engine-dominated," Newey said at a press conference at the team's base in Milton Keynes.

"It's not at all clear at the moment whether one of the three manufacturers [Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault] we have next year come up with a better product than the other two from both a performance point of view and also reliability, which could be quite a concern at the start of the season, certainly."

Newey added that predicting the pecking order for the 2014 season will be tricky, due to the 'massively complicated' regulations.

"The new regulations for the power unit are massively complicated."

"For the engine manufacturers themselves, it's very complicated for us - the chassis manufacturers - and it's a very complicated installation which the mechanics won't take an instant liking to, probably."

"So it's very hard to judge where we'll be at the start of the year."

"We've also got some quite significant aerodynamic regulation changes which are not nearly as big as the ones we had in 2009 but still by normal year-to-year standards very big changes."

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