Red Bull to be ‘heavily affected’ by rule changes – Newey

Red Bull Racing techincal director Adrian Newey has said that his Red Bull team will suffer heavily because of the new regulations surrounding off-throttle blown diffusers.

The devices, which allow hot exhaust gases through the diffuser even when the throttle is not engaged, are banned by the FIA for this weekend’s British Grand Prix.

Newey says that his team will be severely affected because of the particular design of the RB6.

“I think we will be quite heavily affected because our car was designed around the exhaust in as much as it was part of the design right from the outset,” Newey told news agency Reuters.

“Probably with the exception of Renault and ourselves everybody else has generally speaking copied someone else’s principle, mainly ours, and adapted to the car that they had pre-season.

“So it might therefore be, because our car has been designed around it, it’s going to be more of a hit for us but it’s very difficult to forecast.”

The veteran technical director went on to say that he did not understand why the device was being banned mid-season.

“I’m slightly baffled by it because it’s been declared legal forever until this race,” he added.

“The obvious parallel is when active suspension was banned at the end of ’93, where there was no regulation change. Ferrari couldn’t get their active to work and suddenly it was illegal for the next year.

“It’s easy to fall into the Machiavellian conspiracy theories. Whether that’s true or not, I don’t know and I can’t comment. My read of it would be that, of our main competitors, which are clearly McLaren and Ferrari, then Ferrari probably haven’t got their exhaust to work that well so they are quite happy to see the back of it.

“McLaren probably don’t know whether they are going to lose more or less than us. But probably on the basis that they could probably do with a wild card thrown into the pack, they are probably relieved to have something that is different,” he added.