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2011 Red Bull an evolution of 2010 car - Newey
Red Bull's 2011 car will be an evolution of the championship-winning RB6 rather than a radical new design, according to chief designer Adrian Newey.
Since new regulations were introduced in 2009, Red Bull has produced race-winning cars and finished both seasons with the fastest chassis. In 2011 double diffusers will be banned, the car's weight distribution will be set by the FIA and teams will have to accommodate bulky KERS units in the chassis, but Newey said the RB7 won't need a radical rethink.
"It is a further evolution of the current series," he told laola1.at. "The DNA of the car is the same. The RB6 was basically an evolution of the last car; one basically turned into the next."
Asked if Red Bull's rivals will therefore once again spend the season complaining about the legality of his car, Newey answered: "I hope so! Because that would mean we have done a good job again. If you're out the front in F1, everyone always thinks you are cheating."
Looking to the next major regulation changes in 2013, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said he was not ruling out the possibility of the team switching its engine supplier or even producing its own engines. In 2013 Formula One will use 1.6-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged engines and Red Bull team owner Dietrch Mateschitz recently hinted at a major change.
"We are on stand-by for an interesting partnership," he said. "And even the idea of developing our own engine, I think, is no longer so absurd."
In a more recent interview with laola1.at, Horner added: "It is important to keep all the options open. This is one of Mr Mateschitz's great strengths."
An F1 engine deal with car giant Volkswagen, however, might be considered more likely.
"With Didi's vision, anything is possible," Horner acknowledged.