Newey: '2014 Red Bull is ugly'
UNHAPPY CHAPPY: Red Bull's chief technical director and designer is not happy about the team's 2014 car. He says the RB10 is 'ugly' because of new aerodynamic rules. Image: AFP
SUZUKA, Japan - Red Bull designer Adrian Newey has admitted that his 2014 Formula 1 car "is ugly" - but he has good reasons...
Briton Newey, widely regarded as the best car-designer in F1, was quoted as telling German news agency SID: "The new Red Bull is ugly. Unfortunately."
He is not at Suzuka this weekend; instead focusing on the challenge of the radical 2014 rules and working on the RB10 "for four of the five days" of the working week.
NEW RULES TO BLAME
He blamed the 2014 car's unfortunate appearance on new aerodynamic rules that have forced designers down a path "requiring a hook nose" but the bigger concern for F1's technical boffins was the new power-train rules which, Newey said, were "more complex than ever before".
Renault's Alain Prost, agreed: "We have three engine manufacturers and none of them is particularly optimistic. Reliability is the biggest challenge at the moment."
Mercedes' Toto Wolff, however, was excited. "A month ago I was in Maranello and saw the engine factory and thought 'German engineering ingenuity against Italian improvisation and French laissez-faire'."
Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, however, was most concerned about the 'show'. "Yes, it could be very frustrating to have to save fuel," the Brazilian said at Suzuka. "I just hope it can be interesting for the spectators and viewers and interesting for the drivers."
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