Horner backs Newey after Jerez troubles
10 February 2014 – Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has backed design chief Adrian Newey after a troublesome first test at Jerez.
Over the course of four days, the Milton Keynes-based outfit completed just 21 laps, with car packaging issues and problems relating to engine supplier Renault's new turbocharged power unit cited as the main reasons.
But following suggestions that Newey has made mistakes with the RB10, Horner spoke out to refute them.
"No," said Horner, when asked by Sky Sports if Newey has been too severe with the car's packaging. "There are a few things we needed to tidy up but nothing major. Renault have got a few issues that they're tidying up as well.
"These cars are so complicated that little problems can cause big failures."
Horner added that he is confident of Red Bull arriving at the first race in Australia with its problems fixed.
"Obviously there's quite a bit to do but there's a fair bit of time before the first race and the Bahrain test next week, which is an important test," he added. "Everyone is working hard at Renault and at Milton Keynes.
"We don't want another week like Jerez but that's what testing is for. You sort your problems out in testing."