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Berger hails 'genius' Newey

ESPNF1 Staff
January 23, 2011 « Record TV audiences in 2010 | »
Adrian Newey is widely regarded as one of the best technicians in the sport © Sutton Images
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Former Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger expects Red Bull to dominate the 2011 F1 season, and highlights the "genius" of Adrian Newey as the difference between Red Bull and its rivals.

Newey has won seven constructors' championships with Williams, McLaren and Red Bull, and Berger believes the chief technical officer is the key factor that will make the Red Bull team unbeatable this year.

"I do not see a chance for the others, unless the regulations change dramatically," Berger told Auto Motor und Sport. "Newey is quite simply in the area of aerodynamics a genius. It would however be much, much better if driving genius would play the crucial role."

Berger, former co-owner of Red Bull's sister outfit Toro Rosso, also ruled out a return to the sport as a team owner. "With the way F1 is today, there is not the opportunity. I cannot afford it," he said. "The sport has become too expensive. You just can't find the money that you need in order to do a good job on the open market."