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Adrian Newey is growing frustrated by the F1 rulebook
Red Bull technical chief Adrian Newey says F1 is in danger of strangling the life out of technical innovation if regulations continue to tighten.
Newey has been one of the leading lights of design and innovation over the years, and many see him as the main reason for Red Bull’s incredible success story.
However, with new engine and aerodynamic regulations further limiting what teams are able to do in 2014—and a budget cap coming in 2015—Newey told Autosport that F1 is in danger of having its cars “designed by the rulebook.”
I think it's part of the game and I don't mind investing and being knocked back.
We were all of the view the f-duct was probably going to get banned at the end of the season and it seemed likely the double diffuser was going to get banned at the end of the subsequent season as well.
You make a decision as to whether you want to invest heavily in pursuing that technology knowing it could be banned fairly quickly or whether you concentrate on other areas that will last longer.
I think what's more of a shame is that most of these things when they're banned - the exhaust being a very good example - it's actually just further restrictions.
That's a shame and a danger that if the regulations continue to become ever more restrictive we'll eventually get the point where the car's more or less designed by the rulebook.
You'll then have, effectively, GP1 cars where the differentiators are the engine and the driver. For me, it's not Formula 1.