Sebastian Vettel ‘can improve on 2011 performance next season’
Red Bull chief Adrian Newey says world champion Sebastian Vettel is fully focused on bettering his 2011 display next season
Sebastian Vettel is determined to learn from the few mistakes he made in 2011 as the Red Bull driver targets a third straight world title, according to chief technical officer Adrian Newey.
Vettel, 24, stormed to his second consecutive world crown last season with 15 poles, 11 victories and 17 podium finishes in a remarkable campaign for the German driver.
But Newey insists there is still room for improvement next season. “Seb is a very bright young man who is very determined, very inquisitive and tries to understand everything about both the car and his own performance,” Newey told Autosport.
“If he makes a mistake, which being human of course he does, then he tries to learn from that.”
Newey added: “All we can do is try and look at our own weaknesses from this year, and try and improve on them. We still had some areas that could be improved upon, but as always it is going to be the development race through the winter.
“We have got some regulation changes – primarily the restriction of exhaust exit position and mapping – which means that the exhaust effect is almost zero now. So, everybody will be working to try and recover that lost downforce, and whoever comes up with the best solutions will probably be the winners next year.”