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One key ques­tion is whether the fact that the car is “far from per­fect” has any­thing to do with the ap­par­ently seis­mic changes at Red Bull over the win­ter.

Newey has kept his po­si­tion as chief tech­ni­cal ofcer, but has taken a step back from F1, while his right-hand man, Peter Pro­dro­mou, has joined McLaren. Pro­dro­mou’s sec­ond-in-com­mand, Dan Fal­lows, ini­tially also left for McLaren, only to be tempted back to Red Bull when it be­came clear Pro­dro­mou was also leav­ing. Fal­lows now has Pro­dro­mou’s old job as head of aero­dy­nam­ics.

So how far de­tached is Newey? Horner in­sists what­ever change there has been has had “min­i­mal ef­fect” on the dayto-day run­ning of the team.

“Adrian is still very much in­volved in the di­rec­tion of all the de­vel­op­ment and strat­egy of the car,” Horner says. “The rst two days of his week are fo­cused very much on F1. The last seven or eight years he has al­ways been in the ofce Mon­day, Tues­day and Thurs­day. Mon­days and Tues­days fo­cused on F1, Thurs­days on Ad­vanced Tech­nolo­gies projects. And it is work­ing well be­cause it is al­low­ing oth­ers within the group to rise.” So many things have changed at Red Bull since our Jan­uary 2014 is­sue, when they were still re­garded as F1’s dom­i­nant force

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