Newey focused anew on RB16B after bike crash break

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Newey focused anew on RB16B after bike crash break

Adrian Newey is fully focused once again on improving Red Bull's RB16B ahead of the final leg of the 2021 after a bike crash sidelined the team's chief technical officer.

Newey travelled to Turkey last week but according to Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko, Newey was still on the mend after suffering a painful bike fall that kept him away for some time from Milton Keynes.

With the team and its star driver Max Verstappen engaged in a massive tittle battle with Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton, with just six rounds to go, the bulls will need to be at their full potential to take the championship down to the wire and beat their arch-rival.

"We are well-positioned, but of course Newey is a figurehead," Marko told Sky Deutschland.

"And you could see that his absence impacted motivation, and in the early stages we didn’t know how serious the injury was. He had to undergo several operations."

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Red Bull's RB16B enjoyed an edge over Mercedes' W12 charger in the first half of the season. But gradually, the Brackley squad has clawed back its deficit and, depending on the circuit, now has the upper hand as Valtteri Bottas clearly demonstrated last weekend at Istanbul Park.

But since fully engaging with his team once again, Newey has pinpointed a few set-up issues impacting Red Bull's contender.

"He is not fully fit yet but he is ready to do his job and has immediately recognised the difficulties we had [in Turkey] in terms of set-up," Marko added.

"There will be a meeting with Verstappen in the upcoming week in Milton Keynes so that we are back on top in terms of the chassis."

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Webber: Alonso 'still a bit of a magician' on race day

Mark Webber believes his good friend Fernando Alonso can't rival Lewis Hamilton or Max Verstappen over one lap,... The post Webber: Alonso 'still a bit of a magician' on race day appeared first on F1i.com.

Webber: Alonso 'still a bit of a magician' on race day

Mark Webber believes his good friend Fernando Alonso can't rival Lewis Hamilton or Max Verstappen over one lap, but insists he remains "a bit of a magician" on race day.

Alonso's return to F1 this year with Alpine was always going to be about the 40-year-old getting back into the groove and gearing up with the French outfit for next season's regulation change, that will hopefully provide the Enstone squad with an opportunity to progress up the running order.

But so far, Alonso has outscored Alpine teammate Esteban Ocon by 12 points, although the latter was the one who delivered a memorable milestone win to his team in Hungary last summer.

"Fernando, he is driving well," judged Webber, speaking on the latest F1 Nation podcast.

"Has he got that last two tenths that Max and Lewis will have in qualifying? I don’t think so. Has he got the knowledge, the nous of how to strip down and pull a race afternoon together? Unbelievable.

"The guy is still a bit of a magician, we know that.

"His starts… he loves positioning the car in that first sector. If you go back through all of his on-boards, he’s always snooping around that outside anyway.

"That’s where he always is, it can be a bit of a high-risk manoeuvre…

"I guess I used to hang out with him a bit on the track so I know where, generally, he would end up and be – and he’s the last guy you want to be hanging out with for two hours in your mirrors."

Based on his past experience of racing against Alonso, Webber says the two-time world champion has an uncanny ability to pressure his rivals in "unconventional ways".

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"It was funny, we were having a chat with DC [David Coulthard] with him," added the Aussie.

"To be fair, he’s actually had a pretty clean record wheel-to-wheel. He had, obviously the incident with Gutierrez in Melbourne down to Turn 3 [in 2016], the big one he had there.

"But in general, he hasn’t been involved in too many incidents.

"Then DC goes, ‘Well mate, you brake-tested me at the Nürburgring one year, you b*stard’ – and Fernando just said, ‘no, you just braked early. What happened? It was fine’.

"I think DC exited stage right, you know – and that’s what Fernando is good at. When he’s behind you, he will be very good at finding a way to create pressure in unconventional ways.

"And then, as we saw with Lewis in Budapest, when you’re trying to pass him, he is the driver that mixes it up the most.

"He will be constantly mixing it up and just constantly changing. For you to get into a rhythm behind him, he’s very, very good."

Webber says that next year's campaign should be a fascinating one for Alonso, especially if Alpine delivers a good car.

"So let’s see how next year goes with the new car, that’ll be interesting," commented the former Red Bull charger.

"[A] new car for him for him next year will be interesting. This year, he’ll be floating around where he is and he can do a good job with it, there’s no question about that, but next year will be fascinating.

"If they come out with a rocket, he could be dangerous."

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