Adrian Newey Q&A

Kimi Raikkonen's title challenge has lost a bit of momentum since his accident at the first corner in Hungary, but fourth place in Monza kept him in the fight. He's now seven points behind Michael Schumacher, and four adrift of Juan Pablo Montoya, but bad luck for them at Indianapolis and a good result for Kimi at a track where McLaren has gone well in the past could transform the situation. However, the fact remains that the team has not actually won a race since March (although the Finn led handily at the Nurburgring), and it's become increasingly apparent that the MP4-18 saga has cost the team dear. Adam Cooper caught up with technical director Adrian Newey after the race

Adrian Newey Q&A



"Well, a little bit. We knew it wasn't likely to be our strongest, because of the nature of the circuit. I guess we would have liked to have contained that a bit more. We were fairly close to Rubens, and that would have given us an extra point. But it was always going to be a difficult circuit for us."



"If you look at the results it was about 0.3 a lap."



"Possibly, but it's difficult to judge."



"Not that would have changed the outcome, I don't think."



"It's less of a power orientated circuit. I guess the major question really is what the weather conditions will be, and whether it will suit Michelin or Bridgestone."



"Well, it depends on the level of rain then luck I suppose. It introduces more unknowns, that's for sure."



"I would say intermediate wet."



"I would say less, to be perfectly honest. We need to achieve a good result in Indy if we possibly can."



"Just do what we can. I don't think there's anything we can do differently."



"No, I think that's irrelevant. Any change to the tyre I don't think had any effect on the performance. The Ferrari/Bridgestone combination was strong today, and there we are."



"I think it's just the nature of the circuit. Hungary is a very different circuit from Monza."



"It was certainly a bit of a disturbance. Did it have any effect on the result? I would say probably not."



"I can't comment for Williams, but in our case I don't think that level of disruption made the difference between us finishing fourth and winning the race."



"Yes we will. As I said we were about 0.3s slower than Michael as an average during the race, which considering the nature of the circuit is probably as good as we could hope for, to be perfectly honest."



"No. We've got some minor parts planned, but it's quite minor."



"It went quite well. But we had a problem which meant we couldn't put enough mileage on the car - we can't do a race distance reliably with the car, so we can't race it, I'm afraid."



"It's obviously difficult now. We could do with a bit of luck, but it just needs Michael and Montoya to take each other out at Indianapolis!"



"I think it depends on how the restrictions are done. All engineers in F1 readily accept that there have to be regulations that restrict the speed of the cars. From my point of view obviously what I always like to see are restrictions that don't limit the design freedom. If they became very restrictive regulations, it takes the fun out of it."



"I guess it ups the expenditure for the teams, because you've obviously got to produce a unique wing package. By the time you've done your design, wind tunnel research and so forth, and manufactured the bits, then that's certainly running into thousands. It's a fact that you have to take into account."

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