Adrian Newey is considered one of the greatest geniuses of F1 single-seater design. His vast curriculum counts with 12 cars that allowed titles, be they of constructors or drivers. An impressive number that promises not to stop here.
In his most recent interview with The Race, Newey spoke of Max Verstappen and his reputation for being too aggressive, which he considered unfair:
“What’s great about Max is you always know what the car is capable of because he always gets into it and twists its neck,” said Newey. “His feedback is good, he is very aware of what the tires are doing and how to manage them. I think his reputation for being overly aggressive is unfair. Probably, in Brazil, last year, he was a little naughty. In Saudi Arabia he was an idiot. I think he was frustrated that Lewis didn’t pass him, but he still shouldn’t have brake tested him. But Silverstone for me was a clear professional fault [de Hamilton] and people seem to have short memories. They label an individual and it takes time for that to go away.”
As for working with Max Verstappen, Newey praised the Dutchman and compared his method with that of Max Verstappen:
“It’s very easy to work with him, he’s very open. He is asked to do things and he will always try. Sebastian was very, very detailed in his post-session analysis,” Newey explained. “The debriefs took a long time. Seb spent a lot of time at night, going through onboard videos, data, talking to his engineer. That’s what worked for him, not a criticism. Max isn’t that extreme, he’s more in the middle. Daniel [Ricciardo] and Max are very similar in terms of their feedback and approach to debriefs,” added Newey. “They’re good because they focus on the things you need to know. And they don’t care if we have any questions for them to work out. Very easy to work with”.