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 ofcer, 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 ofce 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