2021 was set to mark a massive change for F1 with new technical, sporting and financial regulations, but some plans had to be put on hold and delayed until 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Although most of the Formula 1 world awaits the introduction of the new regulations, in hopes that will provide closer racing battles and reduce the gaps between teams, Red Bull’s technical boss Adrian Newey isn’t particularly excited about it.
It isn’t the first time that he has spoken out against the 2022 regulations, which he considers nothing more than a “missed opportunity”.
"I just think it’s so unfortunate and a missed opportunity," , he told Dutch magazine Formule 1.
"If you come up with a completely new regulation, make sure it’s okay. But these rules just aren’t."
Surely the increased restrictions limit creativity from both the design and engineering teams, but he clarified that his views should not be interpreted as him not being still very motivated to stay in the sport.
"I have to admit I still have to find something to make these rules exciting for myself. I just don’t think this is a good new regulation."
Perhaps his great commitment towards Red Bull plays a part in keeping him motivated despite the limiting new rules.
"The success we have had over the years has therefore given me a great, very fulfilling experience."
"Williams and McLaren are great teams but I felt there, despite being valued in a way, always an employee.”
"At Red Bull, on the other hand, I feel a lot more responsibility. I even have a bit of a paternal feeling for the team."
He was their best signing back in 2005, only a year after Red Bull acquired the team from Jaguar. After winning championships with Williams and McLaren, he also brought glory to Red Bull Racing with four successive championships from 2010-2013.
"I saw Red Bull as a start-up team, which really appealed to me," "Nobody knew where Red Bull would go, but the first goal was to get in a position to win races – and from there we would see.”
The 2021 season will be the sixteenth year with the team for the legendary designer.