Acclaimed F1 designer Adrian Newey was given the unique opportunity to sample not one, but two, of his groundbreaking Formula 1 cars – each conceived in completely different eras of the sport.
As was shown on this weekend’s BBC coverage of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Newey took to Silverstone to sample his 1990 Leyton House March CG901 and his 2010 Red Bull Racing RB6, a nine-time race-winning design that won that year’s Drivers’ and Constructors’ championship titles.
The CG901 – penned twenty years before the RB6 – is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful cars of its era. Newey paid particular attention to the car’s aerodynamics, creating an elegant, if extremely cramped, car for drivers Ivan Capelli and Mauricio Gugelmin.
The car’s performance, sadly, was patchy and plagued by reliability problems. After both drivers failed to qualify for the Mexican Grand Prix, Newey implemented a major upgrade to the car ahead of the French Grand Prix.
The changes worked a treat, and the pair dominated the event – much to the surprise of the entire paddock – where Capelli led much of the race and looked on course for a famous win until his engine began to falter in the final laps. Capelli finished second to Alain Prost, while Newey would shortly part company with the team and move to Williams, kicking off a long and successful partnership with the team.
Newey took part in the demo run with the team’s former driver-turned commentator, David Coulthard. Check out the clip below of him putting the cars through their paces…
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