After the F1 Singapore Grand Prix, Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko said a simulator error led to a setup problem that cost Max Verstappen a chance of winning the night race. Verstappen called the weekend a “wake-up call.”
Just days earlier, it was announced that Red Bull’s technical boss, Adrian Newey, is teaming up with Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne to create a new Extreme E team called Veloce Racing. Extreme E is an all-electric off-road series planned to start in 2021.
Newey was revealed as the team’s “lead visionary.”
Robert Doornbos, who started three races for Red Bull in 2006, thinks the development is unsettling news for the Honda-powered Formula 1 team.
“He works on external projects such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie and now a team with Jean-Eric Vergne. I think when an entire organization revolves around one man and that one man is not completely there, you will experience problems.”
Doornbos added that even Verstappen could be nervous about Newey’s diminishing role at Red Bull Racing.
“Of course we know that Max has no patience,” he said. “I can only agree with him. After all, he can easily keep up with the other guys around him — it’s the car that holds him back.”