Newey: Red Bull blocked from Mercedes deal

Adrian Newey speaking at the Watkins lecture today

Adrian Newey speaking at the Watkins lecture today

Adrian Newey claims Red Bull evaluated a switch to Mercedes power for 2010 but were prevented from using the engines by rival teams.

The designer claimed Mercedes users McLaren and Brawn blocked a Red Bull-Mercedes deal.

Speaking at the Motorsport Safety Fund’s Watkins Lecture at Autosport International, Newey said the team considered the switch because of Mercedes teams’ performance advantage in 2009.

Newey said:

The Mercedes engine enjoyed a good advantage over the rest of the field last year. The lap time difference was significant – several tenths of a second. And when you have to find that kind of performance from the chassis, that’s quite a big ask.

But in the end Brawn and McLaren blocked us from having the Mercedes engine.
Adrian Newey

He said the team had also evaluated the new Cosworth engines but decided to stay with Renault for 2010 as the French manufacturer planned developments for its engine.

“We now have a good programme of development,” he added, and denied the discussions over which engine to use had delayed the development of the RB6.

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33 comments on Newey: Red Bull blocked from Mercedes deal

  1. Pizzapie:D said on 17th January 2010, 0:46

    I think all motors have their strengths and weaknesses at circuits. But Mclaren who were partnered with mercedes for a long time couldn’t get the power or performance out of there 09 chassis until the end of the season. Brawn who were nobody and chose mercedes over ferrari basically dominated the first 7/8 races. But again Brawn had much more time to develop their 09 chassis compared to everyone else and I don’t believe that mercedes has a “several tenths” advantage per lap on everyone else. Newey should just say that he doesn’t like Renault after the reitrements *motor related* last year :D .

  2. Platine said on 17th January 2010, 18:12

    Surely there is a conflict of interest when an engine supplier also has their own team, like Ferrari, Mercedes?

  3. How intriguing. I’m surprised at Brawn and McLaren. Interesting that Force India did not object. I wonder what the engine developments Renault are planning as I was under the impression that engine developments were frozen…

  4. Nixon (@nixon) said on 11th August 2010, 9:05

    I am soo happy.

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