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Legendary designer Adrian Newey has extended his contract with Red Bull Racing (Feature Image Credit: Red Bull Content Pool/Getty Images)
Legendary designer Adrian Newey has extended his contract with Red Bull Racing (Feature Image Credit: Red Bull Content Pool/Getty Images)

Legendary designer Adrian Newey signs Red Bull extension

Technical genius has designed all of Red Bull's title winning cars, utilising innovative designs and aesthetically pleasing chassis

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The odds of Red Bull staying at the top of F1 have become more likely with the news that legendary designer Adrian Newey has extended his contract with the reigning World Champions. 

Red Bull Racing CEO and Team Principal Christian Horner celebrates victory in Jeddah with Adrian Newey (Image Credit: Red Bull Content Pool/Getty Images)
Red Bull Racing CEO and Team Principal Christian Horner celebrates victory in Jeddah with Adrian Newey (Image Credit: Red Bull Content Pool/Getty Images)

Newey has enjoyed a highly successful career in F1 that marks him out as one of the sport’s all time greatest figures.  Starting out in 1988, his designs made an immediate impression. His first car for the new defunct March team achieved a P2 finish. Fired in 1989, the team began its decline that would see it close its doors. This proved to be a blessing in disguise as his designs had attracted the attention of Frank Williams.

After arriving at the legendary Grove outfit, Newey became unstoppable. His designs include the dominant FW14b from 1992, the FW15 from 1993 and the Williams FW18. The dominance of Newey’s designed cars was crushing, Williams winning five Constructor titles in six years. Contract issues saw him move to McLaren for 1998. His first car, the MP4/13 won both titles that year. After another title in 1999, Newey’s title run stopped.

He moved to Red Bull for 2005, a team starting out from the ashes of the failed Jaguar operation. The technical regulation changes for 2009 saw Red Bull emerge as a powerhouse in F1. Every title-winning Red Bull from 2010-2013 and 2021 onwards has been designed or heavily influenced by Newey.

Autosport is reporting that the legendary design genius has been tied down further to the Milton Keynes outfit for an unspecified number of years. Newey will now continue his role as Chief Technology Officer, the crushing dominance of the 2023 RB19 speeding up negotiations.

Newey “fundamental part” of Red Bull

Speaking to Autosport, CEO and Team Principal Christian Horner highlighted the importance of Newey for the team’s success:

“Adrian has been such a fundamental part since almost the beginning. He covers a lot of a lot of areas and, to have the depth of his experience and knowledge to draw upon, and the way he works with the young guys, it’s great.

“He’s just as motivated as he always been. Obviously, he has a great interest in what’s going on in Powertrains, and Red Bull Advanced Technology as well. So, he covers the three pillars of the campus in Milton Keynes.”

Horner elaborated the working relationship Newey has with F1 Technical Director Pierre Wache and its PowerTrains Technical Director Ben Hodgkinson. Stating that both Directors are performing well, Horner states the breadth of knowledge Newey has is shared across all of Red Bull’s operations:

“I think Pierre on the chassis side does a great job. We have got Ben Hodgkinson on Powertrains doing a fantastic job and Rob Gray on the Advanced Technology side. It’s a people business, and that enables him [Newey] to apply his expertise. He doesn’t have to be there every single day on one particular topic. We’re able to use the breadth of his experience across the group.”

According to Horner, Red Bull’s ambtions to launch its PowerTrain division also played into Newey’s strengths: “Adrian is a very competent engineer regarding all things to do with combustion,” said Horner. “You can see that he’s fully bought into the concept and sees the potential that it really brings longer term.”
Red Bull have won all four races of 2023 to date. The latest win in Baku saw the team achieve the accolade of 25 one-two finishes in its history.

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