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Posted By: Justin Hynes  |  08 Jun 2014   |  3:56 pm GMT  |  18 comments

Red Bull Racing have ended speculation about Adrian Newey’s future at the team by announcing that the paddock’s most successful designer has agreed a new multi-year deal with the team.

Rumours in recent weeks had linked Newey with a move away from the team, with Ferrari courting his services with a deal believed to be in the region of $20m per year.

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However, the designer is set to step back from Formula One operation with a team statement reading that in the future Newey “will work on new Red Bull Technology projects, as well as advising and mentoring Infiniti Red Bull Racing as it develops its Formula One cars over the next few seasons. The details of the new projects will be announced in due course.”

There have been rumours recently that Red Bull plans to build a technology centre close to its Milton Keynes F1 HQ and that Newey will be brought in to oversee a range of ambitious projects from racing machinery to aircraft.

Speaking on the grid in Montreal, Newey said he will be involved in the design of the 2015 Red Bull but then would step back: “I’ve had a great time in Formula One but it’s time to get involved in some other things. I’ll be involved in the layout of next year’s car and then will be mentoring the team after that.”

Asked by BBC Sport about the change of role, Christian Horner, Team Principal of Red Bull Racing, said, “I think Adrian has reached a stage where he’s keen to take on some additional challenges as well, so it’s great news for the team, for Red Bull, that we’ve got a multi-year agreement and it’s exciting also for Adrian.

Horner said he would clarify in the next few weeks when Newey will be stepping back from the day-to-day design and management of the technical side of F1 but he was evasive on how succession will work at the team: “We’ve got tremendous strength in depth. It’s not like he’s not going to be about anymore so it’s great for the team, Red Bull and for him.

“[Adrian has] always enjoyed the environment at Red Bull, enjoys working with the people, so it was a pretty straightforward discussion in the end.”

Newey was looking around for his next challenge and Ferrari was one of the possibilities, but it appears that Red Bull has secured his services, which means he isn’t falling into the hands of a rival team.

Even if the team is going to lose his genius at the drawing board in a day to day sense, at least it’s not going to be used as a weapon against them by Ferrari or anyone else.

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  1. Joe S says:

    So that should be him involved in the America’s Cup within the next few years as he has wanted to do. It not only keeps him at the team but also allows him freedom to do what he wants in other areas.

    There’s no chance he’ll ever go to Ferrari now.

  2. Becken Lima says:

    So, looks like he is retiring…

    James – Bearing in mind that Newey´s main strenght is in the aero department, don´t you think that those last developments in F1, with the performance differential been focused in the power train, could be pushing Newey to this kind of retirement?

    Another question: Who could replace him in Red Bull F1 as chief designer?

    1. James Allen says:

      I don’t think he’s retiring, he’s only 55.

      1. AuraF1 says:

        No but we speak of drivers ‘retiring’ when they leave F1 for Le Mans for instance and they’re usually 20 years younger than Newey. I think its fair to say he’s ‘retiring’ from the F1 circus and will throw some designs and ideas in whilst getting to play with boats, road cars, maybe even some really obscure things.

        It’s a clever solution in that it accomplishes 3 things – it stops Ferrari getting a genius. It keeps the genius at Red Bull in some capacity. And thirdly it makes a nice political point to everyone in the FIA and the media that the focus on engines and ultra restrictive rule sets is going to sit badly with people like Newey.

        And red bull will be happy to get that dig in!

      2. kenneth chapman says:

        he has already stated that he is not retiring and he also left the door open for a return should the R & R change so that designers are not working in handcuffs.

        i can fully understand where he is coming from. designers/engineers need to have freedom of expression just like artists. they are after all closely related in a creationary sense.

        having newey still in the tent is great news for RB but also for the greater F1 fraternity. i would hate to see him sever all connections as without the neweys of the world we are all the poorer.

      3. kenneth chapman says:

        i think that you will find that he has already stated that he is not retiring and he also left the door open for a return should the R & R change so that designers are not working in handcuffs.

        i can fully understand where he is coming from. designers/engineers need to have freedom of expression just like artists. they are after all closely related in a creationary sense.

        having newey still in the tent is great news for RB but also for the greater F1 fraternity. i would hate to see him sever all connections as without the neweys of the world we are all the poorer. IMO that is

  3. Paige says:

    Looks like we will be hearing about his America’s Cup entry soon.

    To be honest, this is almost certainly what he wants to do with his next step. I can’t see him being all that bothered by Ferrari. With the exception of last decade, when Ferrari had a dream team and Newey spent some years essentially building a team from midfield runner to 4-time consecutive champion, he has rather consistently beaten Ferrari for the last two and a half decades. He’s already cemented his place as the best engineer of his time and the best aerodynamicist ever. There’s really nothing left for him to achieve in F1, and as a creative mind, I can see him being ready for new challenges outside of F1.

  4. Scuderia McLaren says:

    Justin, I think the final sentence really says it all.

    Cheers,

    SM

  5. fox says:

    Anyway RB kept him from Ferrari.
    I appreciate Adrian refused to go to red squad, he understands they got structural problems with management, even genius will be buried there.

  6. Gilles V says:

    red bull makes sure he won`t go to the competition.

  7. AlexD says:

    It looks like the idea was know to Red Bull since some time now. This is why they wanted to keep Prodromou so that he could take where Newey left and this is why Prodromou broke his contract with McLaren. It also seems that no matter what Ferrari is going to do, they just do not have any chance to start winning again. No luck in securing Newey which only means that he doesn’t see the organization being ready and most likely doesn’t want to deal with Italian/FIAT politics.

    Let’s see what happens. Mercedes will most likely dominate next year as well….

    1. AuraF1 says:

      Prodromoru didn’t break his contract, he’s on gardening leave and will go to mclaren. Did you mean Dan Fallowes (if ive spelt that correctly?)

  8. mr sneff says:

    Apparently he’s going to work on other Red Bull projects,,,,,,so, can we expect a better ring pull?

  9. NF1 says:

    I figured this out some time ago. Adrian will he heading the design team for the British (Red Bull) Americas Cup challenge which he has wanted to do for some time now. This is news….but not a surprise.

  10. Bru72 says:

    I reckon a Red Bull Le Mans prototype is now on the cards. Porsche are back, Ferrari no doubt will be soon. The restrictions of F1 have helped the LMP 1 cars become the ultimate expression for designers and companies alike.

    1. oddball says:

      Agreed 100%. With the way our sport is policed the teams have very little freedom to explore their cars,gone are the days of mixed engine sizes and layouts, fan and ground effect are no more and driver aids and active suspension are as dead as a dodo. The freedom that a prototype lm missile can offer must be a true gift to all the talent out there. Come on f1 get a grip, it’s not hard, let the teams have some freedom, we will then have our sport back on top instead of this mockery of a pinnacle of Motorsport

  11. kenneth chapman says:

    @ bru72…. this has been one of my suggestions for some time now. renault/red bull LMP1 would be a great combination. they already have the PU which would sit favourably in an LMP1 car. LMP1 are already either on a par or ahead of F1 with hybrid technology and it is far more transferable to road cars than that developed by F1 because it covers more configurations.

    where was adrian newey when silverstone 6hr race was on…visiting silverstone and meeting up with mark webber with whom he has a great relationship. who guest started the race… alonso. follow this up with LDM’s comments re alonso playing a big part in future non F1 projects and perhaps one can sense some further developments.

    maybe this is all west of the mark but it does sit rather comfortably with how the revitalisation of sportscar/LMP motor racing is developing. this series is not so crushingly prescriptive as F1 has now become and if i read newey’s comments correctly he has had enough of restrictions keeping his talents in a straitjacket.

  12. garry ll says:

    Red bull have given him wings ….. Don’t you think ? He’s got cart Blanche to design what he likes now so long as it has a bull on it

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