Newey: We should be careful that F1 rules don't restrict inventive spirit

Adrian Newey warns of F1 becoming GP1 uin reference to the one make GP2 series

Adrian Newey warns of F1 becoming GP1 uin reference to the one make GP2 series

Adrian Newey has confirmed reports that an eleventh-hour ban on their solution to the then new blown exhaust clampdown by the FIA was a serious setback to Red Bull’s 2012 preparations, and warns that the inventive spirit of F1 should not be restricted.

YEONGAM-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 14:  Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey wears mechanics goggles to protect his eyes as race winner Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing sprays champagne on the podium following the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at the Korea International Circuit on October 14, 2012 in Yeongam-gun, South Korea.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sebastian Vettel; Adrian NeweyIt emerged in recent days that, just as the reigning champions were preparing to test and debut the ultimately title-winning RB8, F1’s governing body banned Newey’s exhaust concept.

“It set us back further than we thought,” Briton Newey told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.

“When we looked at the new rules, we thought the effects would be less severe, especially because we thought we could compensate well.”

However, the FIA said that Red Bull could not use its proposed 2012 exhaust solution.

“So because of the lack of time we went to the first test with a conventional exhaust in the engine cowling,” said Newey. Frantic work behind the scenes then began on a so-called ‘Coanda’ solution.

He revealed that the banned 2012 solution was a sophisticated sort of rear brake duct that absorbed exhaust gases.

Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey and Red Bull Racing Team Chief Designer Rob Marshall are seen in their team garage following practice for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 27, 2012 in Budapest, Hungary.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rob Marshall;Adrian Newey“There was a loophole in the rules for the area behind the rear suspension,” said designer Newey. “So you could have something that collects the gases and transports them [to] where you want them.”

The FIA quickly closed the loophole, leaving Red Bull scrambling for balance at the start of 2012.

“It was hard to find a balance, yes,” Newey confirmed. “We had understeer, oversteer, often … simultaneously.”

He says often that the FIA’s constant crusade against innovation is frustrating.

“We should be careful that the [F1] rules don’t restrict the inventive spirit. The beauty of Formula One is the struggle of man against man but also machine against machine.

“There is something for every interest. The more stringent the rules are, the faster we move towards ‘GP1′. Do we want that?

“I’m surprised how many of my colleagues at the meetings of the technical working group make the case for more restrictions. It’s as if we are letting the turkeys vote for Christmas.” (GMM)

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