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Newey: Difficult to top 2022

Newey: Difficult to top 2022

Newey: Difficult to top 2022
Adrian Newey, Red Bull’s Chief Technical Officer, claimed the 2022 Formula 1 season was such a great season for the team, that it would be difficult to top it.

The Red Bull RB18 might have had some catching up to do with Ferrari’s F1-75 at the start of the 2022 F1 season, but as its campaign progressed, the car became one of Adrian Newey’s masterpieces, dominant in every aspect.

As such Max Verstappen steered the RB18 towards a record 15 race wins, while Sergio Perez registered two wins of his own, meaning Red Bull amassed 17 wins in 22 grands prix.

Adrian Newey reflected on Red Bull’s 2022 F1 campaign during the team’s Home Run event at Milton Keynes, and told Viaplay: “The high point almost is reflecting on it.

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“It’s going to be difficult to top this year. It’s been such a good year in the end,” the legendary designer, who won 11 Constructors’ Titles with his designs, added.

2023 will be more challenging

“It’s just the attitude always amongst ourselves internally [that] we’ve just got to critique the car – there were a few bits we weren’t quite happy with, [we’ll] try to improve those – do our usual winter development, and see where we are next year,” he explained.

While Ferrari’s challenge faded as the 2022 season developed, Mercedes had a disastrous seasons – by their standards – only winning one race with George Russell on the penultimate round in Sao Paulo.

But Newey is expecting a different situation in 2023, he predicted: “For sure, it will be a very strong competition.

“Ferrari will be strong again, Mercedes I’m sure will have recovered from their slightly awkward season, so it will be tough,” the 63-year-old engineer concluded.

It’s worth mentioning, that while the RB18 will be an excellent platform on which Red Bull can build their RB19, the penalty – reduction of wind tunnel time – the team were slapped with for breaching the 2021 cost cap might prove to be a challenge as they try to develop their 2023 challenger, but never rule out a Newey stroke of genius.