Could Off-Track Matters Affect Odds of Red Bull Victory in Future F1 Seasons?

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Red Bull could look difficulties going guardant if soul struggles lead to nan departure of their main engineer. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

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Melbourne 2024 was a uncommon blip connected what is almost definite to beryllium different play of occurrence for Red Bull Racing successful Formula 1.

Despite Max Verstappen suffering nan ignominy of a DNF owed to mechanical problems and Sergio Perez finishing a disappointing fifth, it will still return a occurrence for nan Dutchman not to beryllium crowned F1’s 2024 world champion later this year. The aforesaid applies to nan constructors’ championship, wherever it will return a catastrophe of biblical proportions to extremity Red Bull leader Christian Horner lifting nan trophy successful Abu Dhabi successful December.

Verstappen is sounded arsenic short arsenic -2000 for nan 2024 title

Since Verstappen’s 2021 triumph successful Abu Dhabi, which controversially clinched nan Dutchman’s first world championship, nan only measurement has been up for Red Bull. Two much double-world championships followed – drivers’ and constructors’ – pinch different almost definite to travel this season. To connection immoderate discourse astir their ongoing dominance, moreover aft a disastrous weekend, Verstappen is sounded arsenic short arsenic -2000 for nan 2024 title and Red Bull astatine -2500, some pinch Paddy Power.

Yet, almost for nan first time, each is not harmonious successful nan Austrian team, whose HQ is successful Milton Keynes, UK. Despite their flying commencement to 2024, nan talk surrounding Red Bull has not been each astir nan gait and astounding aerodynamics of RB20, but has alternatively focused connected off-track matters.

Internal Struggles astatine Red Bull

First of all, rumors dispersed of a powerfulness struggle wrong nan team, pinch its Austrian owners supposedly wanting nan squad to relocate backmost to its homeland. Then a immense large wind erupted complete alleged misconduct by CEO and Team Leader Horner toward a female squad employee.

An soul investigation recovered that Horner did not enactment inappropriately and nan female who made nan title mislaid her job. Yet it formed a acheronian protector complete a squad that’s built a estimation wrong nan athletics arsenic being its astir ruthless.

Still nan rumors of unrest persist, pinch Helmut Marko – an manufacture seasoned employed by Red Bull arsenic its ‘motorsport advisor’ – rumored to now beryllium astatine loggerheads pinch Horner, who has besides had a nationalist falling retired pinch Max Verstappen’s begetter and advisor, Joss.     

even much important to nan squad than Verstappen, Horner, and Marko combined

In nan background, and keeping his powder dry, is different Red Bull worker who is arguably moreover much important to nan squad than Verstappen, Horner, and Marko combined.

Adrian Newey joined Red Bull successful 2006 arsenic a car designer and has been instrumental successful nan team’s occurrence complete nan past 18 seasons. His estimation arsenic 1 of nan sport’s awesome engineers was already good established but nan specification changes that came into unit astatine nan commencement of nan 2022 play elevated him to a full caller level.

The reason? An F1 arena known arsenic crushed effects – nan channeling of aerial nether nan car to create downforce.

The Newey Ground Effect

To understand why Newey and crushed effects are a lucifer made successful heaven, we person to spell backmost to 1980 erstwhile he graduated from nan University of Southampton. In his last year, he studied crushed effect arsenic an aerodynamic arena and its exertion to motorsport.      

When it became clear 1 of nan caller specifications for nan 2022 F1 play was based astir nan crushed effects connected nan redesigned cars, Red Bull were licking their lips. It fell perfectly into Newey’s saccharine spot.

It put them astatine a important advantage complete nan different 9 teams. Despite them each employing superb engineers successful their ain fields, nary could get adjacent to Newey erstwhile it came to nan aerodynamics of crushed effects, and Red Bull made nan astir of it.

It was, and still is, to coin an F1 phrase, a ‘rocket ship’

While others, including Mercedes and Ferrari, struggled pinch nan conception and a knock-on effect known arsenic porpoising, nan RB18 was imperious. It was smooth, it stuck to nan way done nan high-speed corners, and it responded perfectly to Verstappen’s and Perez’s wishes. It was, and still is, to coin an F1 phrase, a ‘rocket ship.’

Could he move on?

Newey, nan designer of nan RB18, RB19, and RB20 is, of course, not immune to each of nan contention surrounding nan squad and, while nan man himself has said very little, nan inevitable rumors of him moving to different teams person started.

Ferrari would beryllium a imaginable destination, not slightest because complete nan years, Newey has openly talked of nan regret he would consciousness if he ended his profession having ne'er worked for nan Maranello-based team. Newey besides said nan aforesaid of Lewis Hamilton, who will beryllium joining nan Italian giants for nan 2025 season.

Whether that ‘dream’ move will ever move beyond axenic speculation remains to beryllium seen, but immoderate bookmakers are offering conscionable +450 for Newey to move to Ferrari for nan commencement of 2025.  

Either way, astatine 64-years-old, Newey remains 1 of nan hottest properties successful nan sport.

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