Adrian Newey the Steve Jobs of F1, says Webber

© Ubaid Parkar, 6 August 2012
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Mark Webber defended the belief that Red Bull had infringed regulations this season dismissing claims that its cars were illegal after the FIA clamped down on several aspects that gave the defending world champions an advantage.

But the Australian driver played down its implications even comparing the team’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey to a certain American visionary of technology who too pushed the envelope in his field.

"Is he the Steve Jobs of Formula 1?" Webber asked during an interview with Reuters. "If Steve Jobs had not got up and said the first Apple computer was the one to have, we wouldn't have had our iPads. And that's what Adrian does.

"We know there are a lot of teams that copy what we have and there's a lot of things where the interpretation of the rules gets changed and we take it on the chin as well," he said.

The Milton Keynes-based outfit has been pulled up by motorsport’s governing body in regards to its engine mapping, manually-adjustable ride-height system, wheel hubs and the floor this season, indicating that Red Bull was on the edge in its interpretation of the rules.

"I think it's incredibly boring for most people," Webber said. "All we can do is keep passing every single test and we have... it's not a one-make series, you can design a car to the regulations and that's what we do.

"I know other teams have been asked to address things with their cars, but they (FIA directives) are not for general consumption. And some of ours do make the general consumption, which is just the way it's been," he explained.

The latest technical directive was issued ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend closing a loophole which Red Bull exploited at the preceding race in Germany.

However, the 35-year-old is certain that won’t be the final directive to emerge this year.

"Whether it's with the wings or whatever - and there'll be something else I promise you that will pop up - we will always pass every single test," he said. "Not one single team has protested us, because they know it's within the rules."

Webber is currently second in the championship, 40 points behind leader Fernando Alonso, but insisted that the title race is open highlighting that no one had the fastest car at the moment.

“I don't think anyone will sail off into the distance. Those days are numbered," he added.

 

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