Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko says that Adrian Newey has been boosted by the team's new partnership with Honda. Red Bull will run the Japanese manufacturer's engines for the 2019 season, after it provided units to Toro Rosso in 2018.
Newey is widely regarded as one of the best technical directors in the field, but has taken on other projects in recent years, including working with Aston Marin on their hypercar, the 'Valkyrie'.
However, Marko says that the Briton has become more inspired in light of the deal with Honda: “Newey doesn’t want a normal working day anymore,” the Austrian said to Autosport. “He is working for us on a daily allowance. He was very fascinated and interested in the Valkyrie project.
“You always need new tasks for him. If Newey knows that you have no chance with the engine, then you don’t have the same Newey as now. He was at the Honda Development Centre in Sakura. We’ve found a way to meet his personal needs. It brings value to the team for us.”
Marko described Newey's engineering intellect, stating that he is able to tell if something will not work on the car before any data shows up: “Newey’s a crucial factor. When the new aerodynamic rules came [in 2017], we were completely off. By Barcelona, we had a competitive car again.
“That’s Newey. He sees what’s not right, even in the design stage, without all the technical data. He can tell you: ‘That won’t work’. He doesn’t have a computer – you feel right at home in his office! He just has a big drawing board. Another person translates it into the computer language so that the others can understand it. [But] what he designs is 95% correct.”
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