Red Bull team boss, Christian Horner, has dismissed rumours that Adrian Newey, their chief technical officer, will be leaving the team for a rival outfit. Newey is regarded as the best technical mind in modern Formula One, having designed championship-winning cars for Williams, McLaren and, of course, Red Bull since joining the team in 2006. His contract is believed to be up for renewal, leading to speculation that he could move elsewhere, but Horner has said that there is no question Newey will remain with the team.
“There’s always going to be rumours in this paddock, that’s Formula One. His heart is still very much in Formula One and his commitment to the team is, it’s not something… We don’t talk about contracts or longevity of contracts, but he’ll be here for many years to come,” Horner told Sky Sports News.
Newey has taken a step back from his day-to-day duties at Red Bull, but still oversees the development of the team’s current car. Despite this, Horner has suggested that there are other projects that Newey is keen to focus on.
“He’s such an important part of our team and a popular part of our team. It’s great to have him with us for the long term, but also to be involved in some of the things we’re now getting involved in.”
It is not an exaggeration to call Newey the most influential designer of the modern Formula One era. He has played a pivotal role in the three teams he has worked with, creating some of the most successful cars ever driven in the sport. Newey has won a total of ten Constructor’s Championships during his career, including seven with Red Bull.
He is a vital part of the team’s success and has been instrumental in helping them win four consecutive driver’s and constructor’s titles from 2010 to 2013.
Newey’s influence extends beyond Red Bull and Formula One. His designs have been so successful that they have forced competitors to adapt and redesign their own cars to keep up. In short, he is a game-changer who has revolutionized the sport.
Horner‘s comments will no doubt reassure Red Bull fans that their team will continue to have the best technical mind in Formula One for many years to come. Newey’s innovations have made such a difference to the sport that his departure would have been a great loss to the team and the sport as a whole.