Four Reasons for Adrian Newey leaving Red Bull

The 65-year-old could join one of Red Bull's rivals after becoming uncomfortable with the internal disharmony within the team

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Red Bull’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey decided to leave the Formula 1 constructors’ champions after becoming increasingly concerned by the disharmony within the team, there were four reasons that led to Newey‘s decision to leave Red Bull.

Red Bull confirmed on Tuesday the 65-year-old will the leave in 2025 after 19 years of service, in which he led the design of seven drivers’ world championship-winning cars driven by Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen, and the Dutchman could follow him out the door.

While the impact of Newey’s exit will leave a huge void to fill, his departure has been expected for some time both inside Red Bull and elsewhere in the paddock after months of uncertainty inside the Austrian team.

According to a report from Sky Sports F1, Newey had become disillusioned with the internal tension within Red Bull, which has been exacerbated by the investigation into team principal Christian Horner for alleged inappropriate behaviour.

Adrian Newey’s relationship with Christian Horner has reportedly soured. Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

He was later cleared following an independent investigation, but the atmosphere has remained hostile. Speculation has pointed towards a ‘power struggle’ emerging between senior officials at their base in Milton Keynes and their Austrian counterparts in Salzburg.

Friction between Red Bull’s two groups of shareholders, Thai supremo Chalerm Yoovidhya and their Austrian minority shareholders, Mark Mateschitz and Oliver Mintzlaff, has reportedly resulted in a difficult working environment for Newey, who also has been working on Red Bull’s RB17 Hypercar.

Teams line up to offer Newey deal

Horner was already faced with the prospect of losing Newey in 2023 when he first raised his concerns. However, the 50-year-old managed to convince him after holding last-ditch talks and he signed a new contract in May.

But reports of their relationship souring since the aforementioned allegations were made against Horner by a female employee in February appear to have altered Newey’s attitude in pursuing a new challenge.

There will be a scrap between the likes of Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes and Aston Martin to capture the aerodynamics guru, who has been hailed as F1’s biggest engineering influence in the motorsport’s modern history.

Newey is reported to have already met Ferrari boss Fred Vasseur in London to discuss a contract from 2025, for when Lewis Hamilton joins the team, while a switch to Mercedes could depend on whether Verstappen joins the team, with the Silver Arrows in desperate need of a reboot after a disastrous period under the current regulations.

Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who has worked for a number of media organisations, including the Daily Express, The Mirror, Evening Standard, The Independent and Bleacher Report. Joe has been following F1 since when he watched Mika Hakkinen clinch the 1999 drivers' championship, and his first taste of real-life racing action was watching David Coulthard spin off into the gravel at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2001.
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