Even Adrian Newey’s highly-paid touch is not likely to deliver Red Bull a race win in 2006.
The lauded Englishman, enticed from McLaren to a top technical job at the energy drink-owned team, said he is not even particularly focused on making the under-performing ‘RB2’ a winner.
”My main concentration is on next year’s car,” 47-year-old Newey, despite getting involved in a bodywork update for Silverstone, said.
He added: ”I don’t we’ll be winning races by the end of the year, I’m afraid.”
Although built out of the Jaguar/Stewart ashes that date back to 1997, Red Bull has followed the usual regime of having quite a good first year (2005) followed by a more difficult one (2006).
But Newey said of the team owned by billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz: ”It has a lot of new people and is going to take time for everybody to embed into their new positions.”
The talented Mark Smith is another high profile newcomer to the team, but Newey insisted that Red Bull is destined to watch the outcome of the 2006 championship ‘from slightly further back’.
”There’s not going to be any dramatic leap forward in the near future,” he insisted. gmmf1dailyf1news.com