Acclaimed F1 designer Adrian Newey has admitted the RB9 could be behind schedule

The reigning three time Constructors’ and Drivers’ champions, Red Bull Racing, have come out and admitted that this year might be a struggle to continue their dominance of the sport.

Adrian Newey has said the team will be playing catch up for the opening races in 2013, as the development of the new RB9 took a back seat to ensuring Sebastian Vettel had the best car to win the 2012 championship.

"We were introducing developments to the car right up to the penultimate race," Newey said in an interview with Autosport. "That has made it difficult to introduce all of those and simultaneously develop the next car."

"If I’m honest, this has compromised the timescales of the new car more than we would have liked. It was the right trade at the time because we managed to get the job done [in 2012] but it means a busy winter trying to catch up again."

Red Bull struggled in the initial phases of 2012 with its RB8, but by mid season had the best car in the field and ultimately took out both titles for its third consecutive year.

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