Red Bull: RRA claims are boring after a while
21 October 2011 – Red Bull Racing chiefs have hit out at their rivals, as allegations continue to be made that the double world title-winning team has been exceeding the spending limits set out in the Resource Restriction Agreement (RRA). Such disagreements stand to threaten the future of the Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA).
“Last year, we were under fire for flexi-wings and allegations of illegality about hidden suspension systems and so on and so forth,” Red Bull Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, speaking at the team’s Milton Keynes press conference on Wednesday, is quoted as saying by The Guardian. “There has been a bit of that this year too, which is a bit dull. But it is part of the sport and if you are lucky enough to be quickest you are there to be popped at.
“I'm not annoyed. When those things come out we try to ignore them but, if the governing body (FIA) or FOTA become involved, you have to explain what is going on and show that the car is above board and legal - you end up using energy to defend something when there is nothing wrong.”
Newey’s comments were followed up by those of Christian Horner, with other teams asserting that Red Bull is exploiting a loophole in the RRA.
“This year it has moved away from the car to the RRA which again, as Adrian says, gets a little bit boring after a while,” Team Principal Horner began. “It is almost inevitable within the sport that there are those areas of gamesmanship.”
Horner is also head of FOTA’s Sporting Regulations working group.