Horner: Reliability is the number one challenge for 2014 season

Christian Horner with Adrian Newey

Christian Horner with Adrian Newey

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has singled out reliability as the “number one challenge” for the start of the 2014 season and the barrage of new rules that come with it.

Horner has admitted that even the World Champion team, having won the last four double World Championships on the trot, will have “several sleepless nights” ahead of the start of winter testing late this month.

Horner said it will be a “hugely busy winter” as teams prepare for the radical new regulations, including the new turbo V6 power unit.

“As you know,” he told Turun Sanomat newspaper, “Adrian Newey does not have a reputation for having a car ready ahead of time, so I am sure there will be several sleepless nights before the car is in running order.”

Renault F1 V6 turbo engine

Renault F1 V6 turbo engine

However, he said pointed out that it is a similar challenge for every team on the grid, with the unique task of each producing a totally new car for the new rules.

“Reliability is the number one challenge,” said Horner, “but of course we also want a lot of performance from the car from the very start in Australia.

“It means [that] the amount of work in front of us in phenomenal.

“We did a good job in 2013 but it wasn’t perfect, and that motivates us to improve on those areas in which we did not meet our targets.

“That doesn’t mean that we expect to win next season. We want to win, but the competition is very hard, and we know how quickly everything can change at the top in Formula 1.

“Nothing can be taken for granted,” Horner added. (GMM)

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  • Zombie Jebus

    Rumors keep popping up about the Renault engine not being ready in time for the first test and even if they are they won’t have enough for all their customers. Anyone else hearing this?

  • O’Ferrari

    We’re okay

  • SteveisGreat

    I heard “LOLtus” begging for a week postponement of the first test, but I don’t think they said why. I just assumed they were too poor to attend or Madlo’s PDVSA check bounced.

    At least Horner admits Newey’s faults though… he always cuts it close getting the car ready… we’ll see if RBR can sustain the mad developement and be ready for Melbourne. As defending four time champs they have the most to lose so I doubt we’ll see “2005ish Mclaren era Newey” of fast but fragile cars. It could happen but I’d expect them to stay the course and let the others play catch up.

    I expect Button was correct when he said the first test will be hilarious, but not for the drifting we’ll see. I think the new regs will force the teams to have “penis noses” supporting the front wings. We’ll see how they look… but I’m thinking hilarious might be the right word.

  • matthew

    I wouldn’t call being a perfectionist a fault… look where it got them! I’ve said this before, newey is an engineer first and foremost. The man could spend 20 years developing the perfect lug nut and still not be satisfied! He just needs to be monitored and kept on track just like almost any other engineering genius.

  • haha

    This engine looks way more efficient than Ferrari’s just by looking at them. The Renault engine looks lika a piece of art, fluently designed and compact. They have a good turbo history too.

  • captain tortuga

    //At least Horner admits Newey’s faults though… he always cuts it close getting the car ready… //

    I think it is because , as Matthew mentioned, to AN the car is never finished. So my best bet is, that the car will be ‘race-ready’ week in front, but then it is prolly like a ‘williams’ or something, and then he keeps working, and especially his team of linguistic professors, to find extra loopholes to exploit.

    Next year is going to be the same, who gets his ‘loopholes’ granted by the FIA and who doesn’t…

    Of course Newey is the best, but it helps to have the biggest resources and the best possible tools and people around you. Also to stay ahead of other designers. It is the same for a Vettel or a MSC. Because they were in very privileged positions, they also got to unfurl the most of their potential.

    That maybe why i agree that Vettel has to move teams to become ‘great’. I don’t like the guy, but imagine if he gets to tap into a new information-source like ferrari, a new environment, i could really elevate him to being great, not just to be called great in the media, but to really being great, to gain so much skill, and knowledge, i think it makes a real difference, and that by definition you learn new stuff by changing teams.

    so lets just hope he fades out at RedBull xD .. mehh Let’s hope he gets a bit more sportsmanship in his little bum, and then all will be fine. 😀

    On the engines, i do think Merc has the best shot, closely followed by Renault, i really think Ferrari needs the two star-drivers to make any shot at the WCC.

  • Red Horizon

    It’s too early to say what will be the best engine in 2014 and make a prediction based only on a few images that have been seen so far is certainly a superficial thing. In the previous turbo era, however, even Ferrari, like Renault, was not so bad by winning many races and two constructors’ championships (1982 and 1983), a thing that Renault has failed to achieve.
    Although the turbo of 2014 will be technologically very different from those of the ’80ies I think Ferrari can do well. The thing that worries me, as a Ferrari fan, is the fact that Ferrari, in general, has had, almost always, a hard time after a change in the technical regulations, except improve over time.
    Anyhow who got really great results with the turbo in F1 was Porsche, Bmw and obviously Honda in the years from ’86 to ’88. What Mercedes could do I don’t know, surely they can do well.