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Newey: RBR 'heavily affected' by ban

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Red Bull technical director Adrian Newey fears that the caffeinated team will be "quite heavily affected" by the impending ban on off-throttle engine mapping, suggesting that RBR and the Renault team stand to lose the most performance.

The ban begins from this weekend's British Grand Prix, and has been cited as a big chance for Red Bull's rivals to catch up some ground to the pacesetting team.

Although there is no clear evidence as to which teams will be affected most by the ban, many believe that Red Bull and Renault are running the most efficient systems and will perhaps lose out more than their rivals.

And Newey has admitted that he expects those two teams to be the ones to be hurt the most this weekend, given that they were the first to adopt the off-throttle technology.

"I think we will be quite heavily affected because our car was designed around the exhaust in as much as it was part of the design right from the outset," the designer told the Reuters news agency.

He explained: "Probably with the exception of Renault and ourselves everybody else has generally speaking copied someone else's principal, mainly ours, and adapted to the car that they had pre-season.

"So it might therefore be, because our car has been designed around it, it's going to be more of a hit for us but it's very difficult to forecast."

He also reiterated his belief that the decision to ban the technology midway through the season was a strange one, saying that he was "baffled" as to why the FIA had acted in the midst of the 2011 championship.

"I'm slightly baffled by it because it's been declared legal forever until this race," he mused thoughtfully.

He went on to suggest that he felt the Ferrari team had pushed for the mid-season ban, and certainly stood to gain the most.

"The obvious parallel is when active suspension was banned at the end of '93, where there was no regulation change. Ferrari couldn't get their active to work and suddenly it was illegal for the next year."

He went on: "It's easy to fall into the Machiavellian conspiracy theories. Whether that's true or not, I don't know and I can't comment.

"My read of it would be that, of our main competitors, which are clearly McLaren and Ferrari, then Ferrari probably haven't got their exhaust to work that well so they are quite happy to see the back of it."

"McLaren probably don't know whether they are going to lose more or less than us.

"But probably on the basis that they could probably do with a wild card thrown into the pack, they are probably relieved to have something that is different."