Robert Doornbos is lyrical about the designer at Red Bull Racing, Adrian Newey. The engineer is always busy drawing the car on paper instead of using computers, and that is precisely what fascinates the former F1 driver. Especially because the Brit manages to design a winning car in this way. The analyst also has praise for Sergio Pérez, who shows that he can find his way around the circuit in Baku very well.
In his analysis at Ziggo Sport, Doornbos concluded that Red Bull Racing and Ferrari have a huge advantage on the straights over Mercedes when the DRS opens. “Before Verstappen gets to the DRS, he is already at 325 km/h. Then that valve opens and he gains another 12 km / h. That works the same with a Leclerc, so Mercedes really has to rely on that middle part.
The former F1 driver sees how Newey’s invention has made Red Bull so competitive. “I saw a picture last week of Adrian Newey, the engineer who came up with it, of him walking on water, the guy with his drawing pad. It is of course so great that you discover such a winning car from a sheet and that you find something within the regulations that the others do not find. Still, if he’s found something then you’re worth every pound.’
Pérez insanely good in Baku
Doornbos also had words of praise for Max Verstappen’s teammate, Sergio Pérez. “Pérez is insanely good here. Got a win here with Red Bull, got podiums here with Force India, he’s just the man on this track. So I didn’t expect otherwise. Only a tenth behind Max, that’s just great. Those podiums with Force India were with less material, he really makes the difference.’