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Join Date: Feb 2002
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Re: F1 2007 Season
The issues are;
a) Adrian Newey is designing next year's Red Bull
b) Next year's Toro is going to be based on the RB2 (this year's car).
Newey always designed his cars to be tightly packaged. He is "credited" with the general unreliability of the 2005 McLaren, as in a tightly packaged configuration, everything is more vulnerable. By all accounts the Macca ran very hot and servicing it was fiddly at best, though they did put the entire engine and gearbox on a subframe (allowed an engine change in 20 minutes).
Anyway, the Renoort donkey has tighter packaging for its ancillaries and has better heat rejection figures (i.e. it runs cooler than the Ferrari engine). If you were Newey, designing your typical car like you're famous for, then these characteristics would give you an easier time of it.
By comparison, next year's Toro will be a recycled RB2. The engine bay has already been designed for the Ferrari engine. You'd want to just transfer the power plant straight in there.
From Ferrari's perspective, you would not want Red Bull to "dump" your motor for the Renort. Quite obvious inference, from a typical punter's point of view is that Renaort engine is better.
Add to this that the Red Bull is a new car, designed by Newey and that the "Toro is last year's Red Bull" and that the Red Bull will run Coulthard and Webber, while Toro have Liuzi and Speed, then you can see that in theory a Renaout Red Bull will thrash the pants off the Ferrari Toro. If you were Ferrari why would you want that?
It'll be interesting to see what happens ... but my money is on the RB3 being the most unreliable of the mid-table teams next year, whichever engine it ends up with. Newey and Reliable seems to not always go together (though he did okay at Williams Renault, so who knows...?) That Renault engine would seem to be quite important to Newey/Red Bull.
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