Q: Adrian, you dreamt up a new car at your drawing desk - and now you see the result. Is it what was in your mind? Is this the result that you wanted?
Adrian Newey: First of all we’re a team, so it is what’s in our mind. But yes, it is the car that I had in mind. What we, of course, don’t know is what the other teams have done. It is the usual thing if you have a big regulation change: you work over the winter on your bit, but don’t know what others will come up with.
Q: What was the biggest headache for you with this car?
AN: It is not only me. We are a team. But, of course, it was on various aspects on the aerodynamic side - to best understand the opportunities the new regulations can give us.
Q: Max Verstappen said that the car looks ‘very sexy’. What makes it so sexy?
AN: You’ll have to ask him! I think proportionally these cars are better looking than those we had in the past and I would say that our car is reasonable clean and simple. That is the good thing about it. At the moment I am pretty satisfied with the looks. (Laughs)
Q: The Red Bull has the shark fin on the engine cover - at launch Mercedes didn’t. What’s the beauty of them?
AN: I have no idea why they don’t have them. It is a huge styling change, but actually aerodynamically of smaller importance. They have been allowed in 2009 and 2010 and then trimmed down by regulations - and now they are allowed again.
Q: You just mentioned that the RB13 is very clean and neat - the opposite, some might argue, to the Mercedes car. Is that a different philosophy, or later on will we see the Red Bull getting much more complicated?
AN: We will see some new parts coming on. But first we wanted to keep it clean and simple so we understand what we have. Maybe Mercedes has reached a higher level of maturity, but I like to start with a simple and clean car - and then you can start adding to it. If you start on a highly complicated level it is so easy to get lost.
Q: After day one are you happy so far with how it works on the track - aside from the pretty looks?
AN: Ah, it was a slow start and a bit frustrating. We had couple of silly problems like with the battery. So the next few days will tell where we are.
Q: Do you think that these cars need different drivers?
AN: Well, the demands on the drivers are bigger, as the cars are more physical - and, like always, some drivers will handle that better than others.
Q: What do you prefer: to have the perfect car here for Barcelona, or for Melbourne?
AN: That is obvious: only in Melbourne do you get points! It is there that it counts. But to do well there, you’d better start to understand your car in Barcelona.