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Adrian Newey ‘has his mojo back’ ahead of new F1 season

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Red Bull Racing chief Christian Horner says Formula 1 car design guru Arian Newey “has his mojo back” ahead the 2017 season as he balance a number of ongoing projects.

Newey has won 10 constructors’ championship during his time in F1 with Williams, McLaren and Red Bull, and is widely regarded as one of the finest technical minds to have graced the sport.

Newey’s attention has been split in recent years, playing a key role in designing the new Aston Martin Valkyrie road car as part of the British manufacturer’s partnership with Red Bull as part of a push to explore new projects.

With aerodynamic performance set to be crucial once again in F1 this year following a shift in the technical regulations, Horner says that Newey is back in the groove and excited about working on the RB13 car.

“Adrian definitely has his mojo back again,” Horner told the official F1 website.

“Right now he is juggling two projects – the Aston Martin car and the RB13 – but he’s got a great team and together they are doing a super job.

“Adrian is contributing effectively into that. It’s great to see him enthused again about Formula 1.”

Red Bull enters 2017 looking to build on an impressive campaign last year that saw the team claim two race wins and finish second in the constructors’ championship behind Mercedes.

Drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen claimed one win apiece, and Horner is confident that Red Bull has the best pairing in F1 this year.

“I honestly believe we have the strongest pairing,” Horner said.

“Ricciardo drove a wonderful year last year and is really hitting peak form and, with the exciting talent that is Max Verstappen, who is getting stronger and stronger, the dynamics in the team are fantastic.”

McLaren almost back on schedule with 2018 F1 car after delay

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McLaren is almost back on schedule with its 2018 Formula 1 car development after losing two weeks due to a delay in deciding on its engine supplier, according to racing director Eric Boullier.

McLaren confirmed back in September it would be cutting ties with Honda at the end of the year after three difficult seasons, favoring a switch to Renault power units.

The decision was not taken lightly by McLaren, causing it to lose two weeks in the development of next year’s car, but Boullier confirmed in an interview with the official F1 website that the team is almost back on-track.

“Maybe we made the decision to change the engine manufacturer two weeks too late for our schedule, but these two weeks have almost been recovered,” Boullier said.

“Any big decisions are always difficult to take. The concept of McLaren winning with Honda was a dream for everybody, yes – it was a beautiful story.

“Today we have huge respect for them and we definitely don’t divorce with fights and screams and finger pointing. We are all very professional – and in the end it was a business decision, which they understand.

“There is a sadness that it didn’t work out like we wanted. McLaren-Honda in terms of brands was a good fit – in terms of results it didn’t work.

“That’s what it is in the end. Now we have to see that we get back to competitiveness – back to the top!”