Q & A with Adrian Newey

AUTOSPORT caught up with Adrian Newey after his Red Bull Racing team's dominant performance at the British Grand Prix

Q & A with Adrian Newey

Q. How much quicker did the wind tunnel figures tell you the new car package was compared to the old one?

Adrian Newey: A little bit!

Q. Can you any more specific than that?

AN: No, I'm afraid not. Sorry.

Q. Well what about a rough gauge of how much a step forward the package is, and how much of your performance here is down to the tyres?

AN: Well, that is a difficult question. I think this circuit is one that was always likely to suit us, and I was hoping it would suit us anyway. It would appear that some other teams had tyre warm up problems, at which point suddenly the performance difference can be much bigger than it would be at other circuits. So obviously we have got to see how this carries over onto other circuits.

Q. Did you expect the changes you made to this car to address the slow corner performance deficit, as well as retain the high-speed advantage.

AN: We are hoping it helps on the slow speed bits. Certainly in Monaco we were weak and we tried to learn from that and address it as best as we could.

Q. Both your drivers have praised the effort at the factory to get the bits on the car here. How much of a push was it here to get the bits on?

AN: It has been a huge push. I think it is a tremendous commitment and determination from the entire factory at Milton Keynes to get the parts researched, designed and manufactured to be here this weekend. Hats off to them for the commitment they have shown to achieve that.

Q. At what stage of the season did this programme begin, because it was obviously a massive effort?

AN: It has been an ongoing process really.

Q. What is feeling going on from here, because Brawn says it cannot gauge where things stand because this weekend's performance was clouded by tyre temperatures?

AN: We feel we are in the same position as Brawn feel. I think this circuit has suited us very well, and equally it hasn't suited the Brawn. So it hasn't been a normal weekend - we shall see.

Q. Is there optimism that you can keep getting these wins and close down the championship gap to Jenson Button?

AN: Well, I will continue to take each weekend as it comes, and do the best we can in those weekends.

Q. How is Sebastian Vettel coming on - it was a phenomenal performance from him?

AN: It is. I think, remembering that this is only his second full season in F1, and his second visit to Silverstone, then he is showing tremendous maturity. He has made a few mistakes this year, but the great thing about those is that he learns from those. He is a very intelligent person and he continues to get better and stronger.

Q. And he and Mark Webber seem to be pushing each other to greater heights?

AN: They do. I think we have got a very healthy relationship between the two of them. They get on very well and they contribute without holding back to each other. An example of that, for instance, was when Mark went off in P2 on Friday. The car stopped mainly as a result of hitting the kerb very hard, and Mark was the first to go and give Sebastian advice about what to do in that situation. So it is a very good relationship and helpfulness between the two drivers, and that brings them and the whole team along.

Q. What about your personal satisfaction with the result here this weekend, taking a dry win on home turf?

AN: It is nice to be here - having missed the first two. A home win is always that little bit extra special for some reason, and to do it from the front through the weekend was a great feeling.

Q. You said at the beginning of the season that you expected the big teams like Ferrari, McLaren and Renault to come back at you over the year. Are you still wary of them?

AN: I am. I think Ferrari show flashes for sure, and that will come. McLaren look as if it may be difficult for them to sort out this year's car, but I am sure they will be back next year.

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