Adrian Newey hints at next steps in F1 with Ferrari and Aston Martin interested

The Red Bull chief technical officer is set to leave the Formula 1 team in 2025 but won't walk away from the sport altogether

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Outgoing Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey has suggested that he will be back in Formula 1 after a spell away from the sport, with Ferrari and Aston Martin having made him offers.

It was confirmed early in May that Newey would be stepping away from his duties at Red Bull to work on other projects before then fully leaving the company in early 2025. 

With Newey being the most successful car designer in the history of F1, having designed 14 championship-winning cars across Williams, McLaren and Red Bull, there was immediate speculation about whether he may take his skills to another team in the paddock. 

Newey wants some time away from F1

Despite the clamouring for Newey’s services, the interested teams will have to wait until he has had a break.

The Brit spoke to manager and friend Eddie Jordan for the Oyster Yachts YouTube channel and explained that he needs some time away but did not go as far as to rule out a return to the sport. 

After sharing an anecdote about how his father ‘lost his mojo’ when he retired at 65, Newey said: “I’ve wanted to work in motor racing as a designer since I was the age of eight or 10. I’ve been lucky enough to fulfil that ambition, to have got that first job and be in motor racing ever since. Every day has just been a bonus. I just love what I do.

“I’ll have a bit of a holiday. As Forrest Gump said at the end of his long run, ‘I feel a bit tired at the moment but at some point I’ll probably go again’.

“I think the easiest way to answer that is if you’d asked me 15 years ago, at the age of 65, would I seriously be considering changing teams, going somewhere else, and doing another four, five years or whatever, I’d have said, ‘You’re absolutely mad’.

“I think a few things happened at once. My dad, who was a vet, he was a huge car enthusiast, he had a little workshop with a lathe, a milling machine and stuff. He used to tinker around and always modify his cars and play with them. I guess that’s obviously where things rubbed off on me.

“Anyway, he wanted to retire when he was 60. He kind of semi-retired at 62, moved up with my mum to Yorkshire, then did locums until he was 65, then he was fully retired. He kind of… if I’m honest, it’s slightly emotional to say it, but he kind of lost his way a bit in his retirement.”

Newey joined Red Bull back in 2006 and has been an integral part of turning them into a six-time Constructors’ Championship-winning team.

Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull during 2024 Japanese Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull during the 2024 Japanese Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Ferrari and Aston Martin want Newey

With Ferrari trying to close the gap to the Milton Keynes-based team, the Scuderia were immediately linked with Newey. La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that the Italian team has approached the 65-year-old, but Aston Martin has also made him a lucrative offer. 

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff joked after the 2024 Miami Grand Prix that even Newey would struggle to fix their current car, saying: “Adrian is an incredible engineer, but at the moment even the greatest magician would probably struggle to solve our problems.”

Lewis Hamilton has also said recently that Newey would be “an amazing addition” to Ferrari next season if that move were to happen. 

Ferrari boss Fred Vasseur has spoken highly of Newey in the build-up to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, saying to Sky Sports F1: “Adrian is probably the biggest ‘palmares’ [French word meaning ‘prize-winner’] of an engineer in the paddock.”

He stressed that the focus is on the 2024 season, though: “We are focused on this season because we have a lot to do. I’m quite pleased with the job the team is doing because step by step we are going in the right direction. The mood in the team is positive. We have a positive dynamic and this I want to keep.”

John Smith
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