Is the Red Bull RB20 Good Enough? Concerns Over Conservative Design

Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s chief technical officer, expresses uncertainty about the RB20’s competitiveness, acknowledging it as a third evolution of the RB18 and being surprised by the RB19’s unexpected dominance, while anticipating a closer competition in 2024 as rivals may adopt similar designs.


‣ Adrian Newey, the designer of the highly successful RB19, expresses uncertainty about the RB20’s potential to match its predecessor’s dominance in Formula 1.

‣ Despite the RB19’s unexpected level of success, Newey highlights the challenge of maintaining a lead with the RB20, acknowledging it as a third evolution of the RB22 car concept.

‣ Newey was surprised by the RB19’s significant lead over competitors, attributing it to the car being an evolution of its predecessor and not expecting such domination under the new regulations.

‣ With the upcoming reveal of the new F1 car for 2024, Newey anticipates that rivals have closely examined the RB19’s design, suggesting that many cars in the new season may share similarities with Red Bull’s successful model.

Adrian Newey, the brains behind last year’s RB19, might’ve hit the jackpot. But he’s quick to say, “Hold up, folks.” The RB20? It’s no shoo-in for the same glory. Last year’s triumph? Even Newey didn’t see that level of wow coming.

So, here’s the scoop. Despite Red Bull’s killer performance last year, Newey’s not resting on his laurels. He’s like, “Our car’s kinda the third kid in the family, based on the ’22 model.” He spilled this on the Talking Bull podcast. Makes you think, huh?

### Newey doubts Red Bull RB20 is good enough

This year’s model, the RB20, is basically the RB18’s grandkid. But Newey’s scratching his head, wondering, “Did we play it too safe?” It’s a gamble. And in the high-stakes world of Formula 1, who knows?

Red Bull’s tech guru was floored by how the RB19 left competitors in the dust. It was supposed to be a close race, right? Wrong. “Last year was a shocker for all of us,” he confesses. Now, with the new season, he’s eyeing the competition. They’ve been peeking over the fence, and Newey’s betting some cars will look eerily familiar to the RB19.

Mark your calendars, folks. On 15 February, Red Bull unveils their latest beast. Will it live up to the hype? Newey’s mixed bag of feelings has us all on the edge of our seats.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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