But a rule change for 2023 that had initially looked like it would clip the wings of Red Bull to the point of the team considering a protest only succeeded in giving them a surprise boost.
Newey admitted that though had a different perspective, insisting that by his estimations changes to rules regarding the floor of the car may help them bridge a 2022 disadvantage to rivals Ferrari in high speed corners.
“The interesting thing about that was when the change was announced last year we were discussing it internally. Some of our guys were saying, ‘no, we’ve got to really fight this’,” Newey told The-Race recently.
“But I took the view that actually in the high-speed corners last year we were probably behind Ferrari.
"Our car was getting itself into problems in the very high speed so actually that reg change might suit us so we didn’t really push against it too much.
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