Ask Gary Anderson: Has Newey lost his touch?

Ask Gary Anderson: Has Newey lost his touch?

Has Adrian Newey lost his magic at Red Bull? Did Ferrari lose or did Mercedes win in 2018? Should Formula 1 learn from road car developments? Our resident ex-F1 designer tackles those subjects and more

Is it fair to say that Adrian Newey has lost his touch as a designer and simply packages the power unit too tightly to allow for optimum reliability in this hybrid era? It seems that it's always the Red Bull and not so much the Renault that has reliability problems.

Kevin Prendergast, via Twitter

If you are going to have your driver standing on the top step of the podium, then you need to push everything to the limit and I'm afraid I don't agree with you that Adrian has lost his touch.

The Renault has a deficit to the Mercedes and the Ferrari engines, especially during happy hour on a Saturday afternoon, but you need to remember that in Brazil Max Verstappen qualified fifth, passed both Ferraris and both Mercedes cars to lead only to be involved in an incident with Esteban Ocon before ending up second.

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