'Invention better than resource' - Newey
9 December 2009 – Adrian Newey was delighted to see a brand-new set of regulations enforced upon Formula 1 this season. With more changes due for 2010, the Englishman is hoping to find the upper hand over rivals as March's Bahrain Grand Prix looms.
With highly respected designer Newey having switched from McLaren to Red Bull in late 2005, this year's car from Milton Keynes team was regarded by many as the best chassis on the grid despite being beaten by Brawn, whose double diffuser advantage allowed a stronger haul of points in the early races of the campaign.
"I enjoy design, I enjoy regulation changes because it gives the opportunity to take a blue-sky approach," Adrian explained.
"I find regulations which have been for a long period of time, which was the position we got to at the end of 2008, are less interesting because it's not then about new ideas or new understanding - it's about lots of tiny iterations and that really is a matter of resource rather than invention."
With in-race refuelling banned for next year, fuel tanks must be increased in size, with Newey describing Red Bull's RB6 as 'much more evolutionary'. "It's a new season and everything, as usual, is up for grabs," he added, feeling that confidence in the team is now higher than ever before. "It may be that other people have made big strides over the winter and so how we all start the season remains to be seen."