Webber: Newey deserves a knighthood
16 December 2010 – Red Bull Chief Designer Adrian Newey’s 2010 performance was further proof that the Englishman should become ‘Sir’ Adrian Newey courtesy of a knighthood, according to Mark Webber, with the Australian having celebrated five pole positions and four race victories in the Newey-designed RB6 this season.
“Adrian is a big, big member of our team and his genius in designing Formula 1 cars is well-known,” Webber told BBC Radio 5 live. “He’s got a phenomenal record - I think he’s won over 100 Grands Prix, or something, with three different teams.
“Wherever he’s gone it generally works out, but sometimes it takes time; obviously you’re not just going to wave a wand over a car when you first arrive and it’s taken three our four years with us at Red Bull.
“But he’s a legend. If there’s anyone who should be knighted – and there’s plenty of people out there, special people we know – Adrian won’t be far off.
“He is a genius; his ability to understand what the car needs aerodynamically is his biggest strength and that’s what makes these cars go quick. He’s sensational in understanding what the car needs to create downforce, which creates lap time and victories.”