Horner: Newey has his mojo back
1 | March 18, 2017 3:00 PM HKT
Adrian Newey “has his mojo back again” thanks to
Formula 1’s new regulations; that’s according to Red Bull team
boss Christian Horner.
Although Newey, Red Bull’s design guru, renewed his contract
with the team in 2014, he stepped away from the day-to-day
involvement to work on other projects.
But with new aerodynamic regulations coming into play this
season, the Brit has been back at the helm working on the new
“Adrian definitely has his mojo back again,” Horner told
“Right now he is juggling two projects – the Aston Martin car
and the RB13 – but he’s got a great team and together they are
doing a super job.
“Adrian is contributing effectively into that. It’s great to
see him enthused again about Formula One.”
Looking ahead to the upcoming season, Formula 1 will race
without a defending World Champion on the grid after Nico
Rosberg retired at the end of 2016.
Asked who he is ‘tipping to claim the crown’, Horner replied:
“It is obviously a shame that the champion has decided not to
defend his title – that is really an unusual scenario for a guy
that is still pretty young.
” You could argue that it is little defeatist, but you have to
respect his decision.
“And there are great champions on the grid: Sebastian Vettel,
Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.
“But hopefully it will be a new guy at the end of this season –
hopefully one of ours!”
He added: “I honestly believe we have the strongest
pairing. Ricciardo drove a wonderful year last year and is
really hitting peak form and, with the exciting talent that is
Max Verstappen, who is getting stronger and stronger, the
dynamics in the team are fantastic.”