Newey: Spa 'damage limitation' for Red Bull

By on Saturday, August 23, 2014
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Red Bull/Getty Images

Adrian Newey has conceded that this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix will be an exercise in damage limitation for reigning world champions Red Bull.

The characteristics of Spa-Francorchamps were not expected to suit Red Bull's RB10 and their preparations for this weekend's race were compromised during Friday practice as neither Sebastian Vettel nor Daniel Ricciardo enjoyed a smooth day.

Ricciardo was hindered by brake problems in the second practice session, but it was worse for Vettel as engine problems in the first session meant he had to sit out the afternoon running as well.

"Unfortunately, probably yes is the answer," Newey said when asked by F1Zone.net whether this weekend's round is a case of damage limitation for the team.

"I think it’s unlikely that it will be... certainly unless weather plays a part in the race and we manage to get that right or unless we are plain lucky, then given a sort of normal dry race, it seems very unlikely that we will be battling for the win, so as you put it, at that point it becomes damage limitation."

Newey is set to step back from his role as chief technical officer at Red Bull at the end of the year but is adamant that he remains committed to the team until then.

"At the moment I’m still full time at Red Bull Racing and will be certainly over the coming months as we finalise the general layout of the car, so it won’t be until Christmas that I start to really get into new roles let’s say," he said.

"So at the moment it’s full concentrated."


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