Newey preparing for 2014 with trepidation

Mon Dec 2, 2013 9:30am EST
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Red Bull technical head Adrian Newey says he is preparing for next year's Formula One regulation changes with some trepidation.

The sport is introducing a new V6 turbocharged engine with energy recovery systems in what is considered the biggest shake-up in a generation.

Testing with the new cars is due to start at the end of January with the season starting in Australia in March.

"I think from our perspective it is somewhere between mild panic and crisis management," Newey joked on stage at Sunday's Autosport Awards where Red Bull won the international racing car of the year for the fourth year in a row.

"Next year's regulations are a huge change. It is a very complicated powertrain and for many teams including ourselves it really is a big challenge.

"Reliability could be a big issue and it is far from clear how the three engine manufacturers will perform compared to each other. We have got the aerodynamic changes too."

Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel won both championships again this year, for the fourth year in a row, and Newey, who has also won championships with Williams and McLaren, said they would have been happy to stick with the old regulations.

"At the moment we all feel it is going to be remarkably different and we are about six months off being prepared for the start of the season," he added.   Continued...

Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (L) celebrates on the podium with Red Bull technical chief Adrian Newey after winning the Indian F1 Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi