Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey has criticized Formula 1’s technical regulations for being too restrictive and not promoting enough creativity in the design of the cars.
Newey is widely regarded as being one of the finest designers to have worked in the sport, but he is set to take a backwards step at Red Bull for 2015 in order to try his hand at some other projects. He will remain in an advisory role at the team, though, but explained in an interview with Motor Sport Magazine the reasons behind his decision.
“There have been a whole host of factors playing their parts in my decision to leave F1, and a lot of mixed emotions,” he explained in a wide-ranging interview. “I felt it was time to challenge myself in something different and that’s certainly a factor.
“But at the same time I do think the regs have become too restrictive. We’re in danger, chassis-wise, of becoming GP1. Everybody’s converging on cars that look more and more similar.”
Newey even went on to say that if the cars were all painted the same color, it might be difficult to differentiate between teams.
The technical regulations in Formula 1 have certainly gone through a great deal of changes over the years, but some of the more creative approaches have been neutered as the sport continues to develop.
Although there is a battle to keep things fair, F1 must also continue to play up to its title of ‘the pinnacle of motorsport’: that goes for the drivers, the teams and the technology involved.
On Monday, the Formula 1 schedule finally allowed teams to be in Europe before heading to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s season finale.
And as such, that provided a window for now four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to return to the Mercedes AMG Petronas factories in Brackley and Brixworth to be celebrated for taking the driver’s title, as Hamilton an Valtteri Bottas delivered Mercedes its fourth straight constructor’s title.
Hamilton was at Brixworth, the home of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and its highly successful Mercedes-Benz Power Units first before heading to Brackley, where he was welcomed with a “guard of honor” as the entire team came out to greet him.
The champion was overwhelmed at the response and the welcome.
“This a very emotional day. I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome,” he said. “Today is something that I will never forget, turning up at the front gate of the factory and seeing everyone out on the street to welcome me – I’m blown away.
“This has been an incredible year, it’s been an incredible journey together. There’s a huge amount of respect and appreciation I have for everyone. I’ve been in the sport for a long time now, but to see the work ethic in Brixworth and Brackley really inspires me. Every time I come around, I see everyone operating at 100%, which encourages me to bring my best performance.
“Thank you all for helping me achieve my dreams, it would not have been possible without you. This is the best championship year, because we’ve been fighting another team and because we’ve had the difficulties and challenges we’ve had – that just makes it so much greater.”
A social roundup of images and videos are below, all via Hamilton and the Mercedes team on social media.