Adrian Newey, Red Bull, Circuit de Catalunya, 2020

Newey already largely focused on Red Bull’s 2021 car

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Red Bull’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey is already hard at work on their car for the 2021 F1 season, according to team principal Christian Horner.

The RB17 will be built to the drastically different set of technical regulations which will come into force after this season. Like its rivals, Red Bull is weighing up how quickly they will scale back their 2020 projects in order to free up resources to work on next year’s car.

“Of course it’s that balancing act this year because we’re pushing as hard as we can on RB16, but RB17 is a very different car to new regulations,” said Horner.

“So a lot of Adrian’s focus is already on RB17. You’ve only got a certain amount of resource and it’s how you carve that up without compromising current performance.”

“We’ve got, I think, enough focus on both campaigns at the moment, but of course there will gradually be a transition over after the first third of the year,” he added.

Alexander Albon, Red Bull, Circuit de Catalunya, 2020
The RB17 will be very different to this year’s car
Red Bull is in discussions with Formula 1 Management over whether it will continue in the sport beyond the end of this season. Horner hopes to agree terms with them in the first half of this year.

“Talks are ongoing,” he said. “Hopefully over the coming weeks, we’ll get to a conclusion. There seems to be a motivation on all sides to get something done. When that’s the case, usually things tend to tend to happen.”

“I don’t think it’ll be before Melbourne, but I would hope in the first half of the year,” he added.

Asked what the main sticking point was, Horner said: “It’s always money, isn’t it? Inevitably there’s a few details that need thrashing out, but it it doesn’t feel like it’s miles away.”

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2 comments on “Newey already largely focused on Red Bull’s 2021 car”

  1. Red Bull is in discussions with Formula 1 Management over whether it will continue in the sport beyond the end of this season….”It’s always money, isn’t it?”

    It seems odd that money should be an issue because teams that do well get paid well, which one could argue is a bit unfair because those who are currently paid well (or even “extra well”) for just attending usually take the majority of the WCC points. So that those who do well this season should be able to fund a financial advantage next season, which would finance a financial advantage in 2022, etc.
    Unfortunately one is left with the suspicion that Red Bull Racing want to be paid something extra besides what the current TV rights payout system decrees. Hopefully Liberty Media resist the temptation to pay them something extra. It would be a sad day for F1 if Liberty Media didn’t stand up to such arrogance.

    1. I thought the same, @drycrust. This seems to fly in face of what the FIA and Brawn are trying to achieve regarding budget caps and sporting fairness.

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