Adrian Newey Should Be Knighted - Webber
The man is actually the only engineer to have conquered constructors titles in the Great Circus with 3 different teams (Williams, McLaren and now Red Bull), something that Webber believes should make a whole lot of difference when considered for a knighthood. Needless to say, many regard Newey as the driving force behind Red Bull's dominance in 2010, as his RB6 was by far the fastest racer last season.
“If anyone should be knighted, and there are plenty of special people out there, but Adrian won't be far off eventually,” said Webber in a recent interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, according to Autosport.
A middle-field driver before Newey's influence in the Red Bull design could be felt, Webber scored 6 race wins in the last 2 years and was title contender until the last round in 2010 (a career first) thanks to Newey's incredibly well-designed Red Bull car.
“He is a genius, his ability to understand what the car needs aerodynamically is his biggest strength and that's what makes his cars go quickly. It's similar to a guy who designs aeroplanes or yachts.”
“He's sensational in understanding what the car needs to generate downforce, which creates lap time, which creates victories. Adrian is a big, big member of our team and his genius in designing F1 cars is well known.”
“He has got a phenomenal record and has won over 100 grands prix. He has won titles for three different teams and wherever he has gone generally it has worked out. Sometimes it takes time obviously, you don't just wave a wand over a car when you first arrive. It took four years with us at Red Bull.”