“It’s just not a very fast car”- Max Verstappen on his Red Bull, prompts Newey to give his full attention back to Formula 1.
Max Verstappen who has consistently been competing against Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas was forced to bow down at the Italian Grand Prix due to some technical issues.
However, even before that he hardly managed to make any difference in the race and struggled in the middle of the table. After the race, Max Verstappen has made a heavy remark on his Red Bull car.
“I never expected to fight Mercedes here,” he said. “And I was very interested to see how our car was going to go on low downforce. But I think it highlighted our issues already the whole year, that it’s just not a very fast car.”
“Of course we are a bit down on power to Mercedes, especially, and that’s a given,” he added. “But that is not the deficit we have to them, at the moment. It’s not that big, the deficit in power.
“From our side, we just didn’t have a good balance in the car, but not only that, I think we were just lacking grip.” he further added.
“It’s just not a very fast car” Newey to dedicate undivided time to F1
The team principal Christian Horner revealed that Newey will now give his whole time to the F1 team. A probable boost with the arrival of the veteran designer.
“Obviously the last three or four years he’s been very much involved in the Valkyrie project during a period where he didn’t enjoy Formula 1 quite as much because, with the power unit we had at the time, we couldn’t compete,” he explained.
“Now obviously he sees that we’re in a much more competitive position. So I think he’s enjoying what he’s doing, he’s motivated. It keeps him young. And he’s still got a huge work rate which keeps the young guys on their toes.”
While that news might excite Red Bull fans, Horner doesn’t believe Newey’s return will be a gamechanger. “It’s never just about one person, as we all know,” he said.
“Adrian in his function does a great job in mentoring and leading the technical side of the team, but we’ve got great strength and depth. It’s not just about one role, about one person.
“As Adrian over the last couple of years has stepped back with the Valkyrie project, we’ve brought in and strengthened the technical group with the likes of Pierre Wache and so on and the team has continued to win during that period,” he added.
“The team will always be obviously stronger with Adrian in it and focussed on Formula 1.”