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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.”

Robert Wickens shares more positive strides toward recovery in new video

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Robert Wickens has made massive steps since sustaining a spinal cord injury in an Aug. 19, 2018 crash at Pocono Raceway.

Since the accident, Wickens publicly has shared his recovery, often uploading videos of his physical rehabilitation on Twitter.

In his most recent update on Wednesday, Wickens shared a video of him walking on a treadmill. Fellow NTT IndyCar Series competitor Tony Kannan, who competes in triathlons during his spare time, also was visible running on the treadmill behind Wickens.

“When I am @TonyKannan [sic] age, I hope to run as fast as him…” Wickens tweeted. “Today was a good day!”

Wickens, who will turn 31 on March 13, first made his return to the IndyCar paddock in last year’s season opener in St. Petersburg. Since then, he’s made a return to the driver’s seat, piloting a specialized Acura NSX prior to the start of last year’s IndyCar race in his hometown of Toronto.

In September, Wickens fulfilled a vow to his wife Karli, by standing with her during their wedding. The new husband and wife also danced together during their reception.

Should Wickens fully recover to resume racing, Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt has stated that the team’s No. 6 entry will be available for him to drive. Wickens continues to remain as a “driver coach and consultant” for the team.

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