Red Bull Confirms the Departure of Design Chief Newey

Red Bull have confirmed their design chief Adrian Newey will leave the team in early 2025

Adrian Newey, Red Bull’s chief of design, will officially depart the team in the first quarter of 2025.

Regarded as the finest designer in Formula 1 history, Newey informed Red Bull last week that, following the uproar surrounding claims concerning team head Christian Horner, he wished to quit.

Although the 65-year-old’s next team is still up in the air, Ferrari is the clear favourite to recruit him.

Red Bull leaves Newey “a true legend,” according to Horner, who also gives him credit for “all of our greatest moments from the past 20 years.”

“His exceptional ability to conceptualise beyond F1, his remarkable talent for embracing change and finding the most rewarding areas of the rules to focus on, and his relentless will to win have helped Red Bull become a greater force than even the late Dietrich Mateschitz might have imagined,” Horner stated.

There will be time for Newey to have a significant influence on the development of a 2026 car design for whatever team he chooses to join, according to those close to the matter who spoke with BBC Sport.

Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport revealed on Wednesday that Newey held a meeting in London with Ferrari team principal Frederic Vasseur to talk about a possible agreement.

Since joining Red Bull in 2005, Newey has presided over two dynastic periods for the team: the current one, led by Max Verstappen, and the 2010–14 campaign, during which they won four straight constructors’ and drivers’ titles with Sebastian Vettel.

Verstappen and Red Bull combined for the most successful season in Formula One history last year, with the Dutchman taking home 19 of the 22 races and the team winning all but one.

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Having won four of the first five races of the season, they are headed for a similar outcome.

Newey has won numerous championships at Williams and McLaren in the past.

In honour of Ayrton Senna, who passed away 30 years ago while racing a Williams that Newey built for the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, it was not anticipated that the official announcement of Newey’s retirement would occur on Wednesday.

However, insiders claim that once BBC Sport revealed Newey’s resignation on Tuesday, things quickly changed over night.

“It has been my great honour to have played a key role in Red Bull Racing’s progress from upstart newcomer to multiple title-winning team for almost two decades,” Newey said.

“But I think this is a good time to pass the reins to other people and take on new challenges for myself.”

According to a statement from Red Bull, Newey will “continue to attend specific races to support the team trackside until the end of the 2024 season.” This weekend’s Miami Grand Prix is the first of these races.

According to Newey, he would concentrate on finishing the upcoming RB17 supercar during his remaining time with Red Bull.

Additionally, he disclosed that Eddie Jordan, the previous management of an F1 team and someone Newey called a “close friend and manager,” had handled his departure.

Extricating the designer from a contract that expired at the end of 2025 and contained a 12-month “non-compete” clause that should have prevented him from joining another team until at least 2027 was a significant victory accomplished by Jordan and Newey.

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