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Red Bull’s Newey Gets RB5 For His Garage

F1: Red Bull’s Newey Gets RB5 For His Garage
Written by: Adam Cooper
NASCAR News, F1 News, and Racing News on SPEED - Date: 07/02/2010 - 11:49 AM
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Red Bull Racing has given Adrian Newey a fully operational 2009 RB5 and a set of spares as a thank you for his contributions to the team.

Newey had already been given the chance to drive the car at Goodwood this weekend before he knew that he would be taking the car home with him.

Team boss Christian Horner said: “I was delighted to hand over this RB5 on behalf of Red Bull to Adrian today. It’s a really significant car for us, as it’s the first model type that won six races for Red Bull Racing last year. Adrian’s made a mess of his lawn with several different cars from his collection, but this one will definitely tear the grass up!

“Hopefully, he will look after it carefully and enjoy driving it up the hill at Goodwood today. We’re happy to hand it over with the relevant crash helmet and overalls to make sure he’s safe; we’ve also given him a set of spares, just in case.”

“I’m overcome actually,” said Newey. “The guys have obviously put a tremendous amount of effort into preparing the car for me. You can see it – the paint and the lines are absolutely perfect, the work that’s gone into doing the helmet and everything else is incredible. Also, the fact that the guys have given up a weekend to come down here and run it for me is fantastic.

“I was nervous before my first run, as I’d never driven a car with a hand clutch before and had never left-foot braked expect in a go-kart – but it’s really fantastic to drive. A slight fright was that I wasn’t prepared for how long first gear is, so as I was pulling out of the paddock it was pushing me on a lot. I was saying to myself, ‘hand clutch, hand clutch,’ but the automatic reaction is to go for the left foot. We went up the hill on wet tires, so it was a gentle drive. It’s just so great to be in the car, and it’s such a great noise from the inside.

“The plan now is to club together with some other guys I know who are lucky enough to have cars, and hire a circuit, preferably a modern one with a bit of run-off where I can enjoy driving the car without worrying about having a spin in front of a crowd!”

Adam Cooper notched up his 25th season as a racing journalist in 2009. Born in London, England, he saw his first F1 race at age 10 in 1976. He began freelancing for Autosport magazine in 1985 and was on the fulltime staff from 1987-92. He then went freelance again, initially spending two years in Japan before following the 1994 Champcar series from a base in Indianapolis. He has not missed a Grand Prix since Suzuka ‘94, a run that has extended to Abu Dhabi ’09. Adam has written books about Eddie Irvine, Piers Courage and Michael Schumacher and hosts a race preview show on Sirius XM. He has written about F1 for since 2005. Check out Adam’s Blog or follow him on Twitter
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