The new regulations marked the end of the turbo-hybrid era and brought about a new generation of cars, which Red Bull took advantage of and provided a car that gave Max Verstappen his second world title in comfortable fashion.
But heading into 2023, there were little to no changes to the rules, leaving the team concerned about whether they would tail off with the RB19.
Speaking with Top Gear, Newey admitted that their dominance ‘eradicated’ any fears they had over the RB19 being an evolution car.
When asked whether it surprised him that it was possible to create a car so dominant, he said: “It does actually. It’s a complete surprise.
“For the ’22 season we had the biggest regulation change on the chassis side since 1983, in terms of going back to venturi cars.
“We thought as we headed into the second year, with almost no regulation change over the winter and us running what is in effect an evolution car, that our advantage would be diminished, if not eradicated. Clearly that’s not how it’s panned out.”
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