What next for Adrian Newey after Red Bull F1 exit?

Red Bull have confirmed that Adrian Newey will leave his position as chief technical officer for the F1 team with immediate effect, as speculation now looks towards his next move

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Adrian Newey, the now former chief technical officer at Red Bull, whose innovative genius has been pivotal to the team’s numerous Formula 1 triumphs, will leave the Formula 1 team with immediate effect. Newey‘s departure raises questions about the next chapter in his illustrious career, which has fundamentally shaped modern F1 engineering. So what is next for Adrian Newey?

Newey‘s career in Formula 1 is one marked by success and innovation. At Red Bull, he was the mastermind behind the cars that secured seven world titles, four with Sebastian Vettel from 2010 to 2013, and three with Max Verstappen from 2021 to 2023, and it could ultimately be four with the Dutchman as he’s odds on favourite to take the 2024 title.

Newey‘s expertise in aerodynamics has been crucial in maintaining Red Bull‘s competitive edge in the sport. However, the recent internal turmoil at Red Bull, highlighted by a power struggle and accusations against team principal Christian Horner, seems to have influenced his decision to move on.

Implications for Red Bull and F1

Adrian Newey‘s exit from Red Bull is not without its consequences. As the technical backbone of the team for over two decades, his departure could lead to a significant shift in the team’s dynamics and performance. There is also speculation about other team members’ future, with key figures like Pierre Wache being approached by other teams, including Ferrari.

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner and Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer after 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner and Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer after 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Other Newey loyalists have also been linked away, but Horner will likely block any moves for contracted employees with Red Bull in a bit to stem any exodus from the team. But the question always remains… how long can he keep things together?

Moreover, this move has ripple effects beyond Red Bull. Max Verstappen, currently the leading driver at Red Bull, is reportedly unsettled by the ongoing internal disputes and the potential exit of other key figures. This unrest might prompt him to consider his options, with Mercedes allegedly ready to welcome him with a substantial offer.

Newey’s Transition to Ferrari?

In a significant shift in the F1 landscape, Adrian Newey is reportedly close to joining Ferrari from the 2025 season. His departure was finalised during an extensive meeting at Red Bull‘s headquarters in Milton Keynes, facilitated by legal mediation. This agreement allows him to leave in 2025, before his contract’s slated end.

Fred Vasseur, the Ferrari team principal, did not travel with the team to Miami on earlier in the week. Instead, he flew to London to meet Newey himself on Tuesday evening, to help finalise the long-rumoured agreement that will bring the Englishman to Maranello from next season.

If reports are true and Lawrence Stroll‘s Aston Martin offered Newey a four-year contract worth a total of €100 million (£85m), Ferrari‘s offer would not be any less.

Christian Horner, Adrian Newey and Helmut Marko at the 2023 Saudi Arabain GP | Lars Baron/Getty Images
Christian Horner, Adrian Newey and Helmut Marko at the 2023 Saudi Arabain GP | Lars Baron/Getty Images

Newey‘s potential move to Ferrari is not just a change of teams but a strategic acquisition for the Maranello-based outfit. Ferrari, which last won the Drivers’ Championship in 2007 with Kimi Raikkonen, view Newey‘s recruitment as pivotal.

He is expected to play a crucial role in developing the Ferrari car for the 2026 season, which will see new technical regulations coming into force – an area where Newey has historically excelled.

This transition coincides with the arrival of Lewis Hamilton at Ferrari, who has also signed a multi-year deal starting in 2025. The pairing of Hamilton‘s driving prowess and Newey‘s technical acumen could herald a new era of dominance for Ferrari, reminiscent of the Schumacher era, when Michael Schumacher, Rory Byrne and Ross Brawn arrived at Ferrari.

That move heralded a golden era for Ferrari with Schumacher, Byrne and Brawn working under Luca di Montezemolo and Jean Todt.

Newey-led Ferrari Renaissance?

With Newey‘s track record, his involvement could be transformative for Ferrari, bringing them back to the forefront of Formula 1. His ability to blend traditional design methods with cutting-edge technology fits well with Ferrari’s ethos and their emphasis on innovation and heritage.

Furthermore, the combination of Newey‘s technical leadership and Hamilton‘s racing skills sets up Ferrari not just for competitive returns but also boosts their commercial aspirations, enhancing the brand’s image and marketability globally.

Ferrari 2025 line-up Leclerc and Hamilton | X.com @F1
Ferrari 2025 line-up Leclerc and Hamilton | X.com @F1

Should Newey move to Ferrari it would mark a significant milestone in Formula 1’s evolving landscape. While this change opens up new possibilities and challenges for Newey, it also signals a potential shift in power dynamics within the sport, possibly heralding a new era of competition and excitement.

Any announcement of Newey‘s impending move to Ferrari are not likely to be made anytime soon, at very earliest after the 2024 Miami Grand Prix, as John Elkann builds a super team at the Scuderia ahead of 2025.

As the 2025 season approaches, all eyes will be on Ferrari to see if the collaboration between two of the sport’s greatest minds can revive the team’s fortunes and disrupt the current dominance enjoyed by Red Bull.

John Smith
John Smithhttps://total-motorsport.com
Editor at Total-Motorsport.com and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
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