The new V6 Turbo power-units look set to become the most significant factor in establishing the running order next season. In recent years, aerodynamics has taken centre stage and this is where the Milton Keynes-based outfit have thrived.
Exploiting gases from the exhaust has proved to be a very strong area for the team and Newey is fearful that they will lose out due to the introduction of one single exhaust tailpipe, putting an end to using exhaust gases for aerodynamic effect.
“There is almost no effect from the exhaust with the further single pipe exit position and the fact that the turbocharger takes a lot of the energy in any case, so there’s virtually nothing left,” Newey told James Allen on F1.
“We’ve probably done a better job than our competitors in developing the best use of the exhaust position from the current restriction, so unfortunately we stand to lose the most again.”
When it comes to the new aerodynamic rules for 2014, the 55-year-old is expecting the thinner front wings to provide the biggest challenge.
“I think the big problem [this] year will particularly be the narrow front wing, which is a big change. 100mm off the front wing doesn’t sound very much but it’s actually a big change because it puts the endplate right in the middle of the front tyre now, so I think on the straight aero side trying to recover from that is going to be one of the big challenges.”
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