Adrian Newey on Tuesday admitted to “tension” ahead of the launch of his first Red Bull in 2007.
At a media event at Salzburg, the championship winning formula one designer likened the unveiling of a racer he has penned to the birth of a “baby”.
The RB3, Newey’s first full effort since leaving McLaren, will be shown to the world on Friday in Barcelona.
“The fact that it is the first Red Bull for which I am responsible naturally makes the tension much higher,” the Briton told the Austrian news agency APA.
With billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz writing the cheques, Newey at the drawing board and a Renault engine contract in the bag, expectations for the 2008 season are high.
Newey, though, is trying to play down the hype.
“Of course I hope that we do a good job,” he said, “but I try not to get carried away.
“I am not a fan of setting goals. My motto is; work as hard as you can and then see where it gets you.”