Red Bull’s Newey wants to outsmart Ferrari in development war – “We have our hands tied behind our backs”

Red Bull’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey believes that a development war will play out between his team and Ferrari as the season progresses.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc were involved in a fierce battle for top honours during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Eventually, it was Verstappen who reigned supreme and delivered maximum points for his team.

This win has special significance for the Dutchman as it was his first of the season and after a disappointing DNF in the season opener.

Newey believes that both Red Bull and Ferrari are at par as things stand and expects nothing less than fierce competition as updates are brought to the cars throughout the season.

“It was really tight, wasn’t it?” Newey said.

“The performance of our car and Ferrari’s seemed to be absolutely identical through the whole race.

“We saw it in Bahrain, we saw it here [in Saudi Arabia].

“There seems to be so little to choose between the two of them. I guess it’s just going to be a big development war now, but it’s also a development war with one hand tied behind our backs, with the cost cap.”

Different approach this year

Max Verstappen. Credit:

The approach that the teams take this time around could be different compared to previous years. This is due to the aforementioned budget cap that is in place.

“With the budget cap, we’ve got to be more focused on what we bring in when,” he said.

“So it’s going to be a different one, but just as interesting.”

Newey was at least happy to finally see Red Bull amongst the points.

“Our season’s finally got off the mark after the disappointment of last weekend,” he said.

“It’s good to bounce back.”

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