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Newey happy to renew Renault ties 26 Jan 2007

Adrian Newey (GBR) Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Formula One Testing, Day Two, Barcelona, Spain. 26 January 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton

Red Bull’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey is looking forward to the team starting their first season with Renault as engine supplier. Newey is no stranger to the French company, having designed the Williams-Renault machines that dominated Formula One racing back in the 1990s.

“It’s great to be back working with Renault,” Newey told Red Bull’s official website. “I was always very impressed with their methodology back in the Williams days. They are very good and very pragmatic and can get the best out of a package.”

Red Bull are switching to Renault power for the new season, having used Ferrari engines in 2006. Even though the deal was not finalised until last September, Newey said the late change had not had a major impact on the RB3’s development schedule.

“In terms of engine choice, most of the current V8s are broadly similar in terms of installation, so there isn’t a big difference in design philosophy depending on which engine you choose,” he added.

2007 will be the first time Renault have supplied customer engines since they returned to Formula One racing with a works team in 2002 and they too are planning to make the most of the collaboration with Red Bull.

"We are very much looking forward to the new challenge, which is part of Renault's racing tradition," said Renault’s head of engine track operations, Denis Chevrier. "We will be looking to derive maximum benefit from every kilometre completed by a Renault engine, to improve the performance and reliability of all four Renault engines on track.”

Newey is equally confident the relationship will work well: “Past experience has also shown me they (Renault) are completely professional when supplying two teams. Their reason for supplying a second team is not for financial gain, but rather to have more units out in the field to learn from in both the performance and reliability areas.”

Of course, despite the close ties, the two teams will still be rivals when it comes to the racing on Sunday afternoons, but Chevrier doesn’t see that presenting any problems. “We have established very clear operating principles for the new relationship, and look forward to an honest, trusting collaboration with our new partners," he concluded.