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Red Bull confirms Newey's Red Bull F1 exit

After almost 20 years with Red Bull, Adrian Newey will head for pastures new at the end of the first quarter in 2025

Red Bull design chief Adrian Newey is set to leave the team after close to 20 years at the helm of designing the Milton Keyes based cars.

Various media outlets including BBC Sport and Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reported on Thursday last week that the 65-year-old had informed Red Bull of his decision to move on.

It is not yet known where Newey’s next destination will be if anywhere, but it is expected that Aston Martin or Ferrari could be the leading candidates if he remains in F1.

The news comes at a time of unrest at Red Bull Racing - where team principal Christian Horner was accused of sexual harassment earlier in the year.

A statement from the team said: "Oracle Red Bull Racing today announces that Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey will leave the Red Bull Technology Group in the first quarter of 2025.

"The engineering supremo will step back from Formula One design duties to focus on final development and delivery of Red Bull’s first hypercar, the hugely anticipated RB17.

"He will remain involved in and committed to this exciting project until its completion.

"Since joining Red Bull Racing in 2006, Adrian’s vision and technical leadership has been instrumental for the Team and Group in achieving a remarkable seven F1 Drivers’ and six Constructors’ Championship titles - totalling 118 victories and 101 poles including the STR 2008 pole and victory."

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Of his decision to leave, Newey said: "Ever since I was a young boy, I wanted to be a designer of fast cars. My dream was to be an engineer in Formula 1, and I’ve been lucky enough to make that dream a reality.

"For almost two decades 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. However, I feel now is an opportune moment to hand that baton over to others and to seek new challenges for myself.

"In the interim, the final stages of development of RB17 are upon us, so for the remainder of my time with the team my focus will lie there.

"I would like to thank the many amazing people I have worked with at Red Bull in our journey over the last 18 years for their talent, dedication and hard work. It has been a real privilege, and I am confident that the engineering team are well prepared for the work going into the final evolution of the car under the four-year period of this regulation set.

"On a personal note, I would also like to thank the shareholders, the late Dietrich Mateschitz, Mark Mateschitz and Chalerm Yoovidhya for their unwavering support during my time at Red Bull, and Christian, who has not only been my business partner but also a friend of our respective families. Also, thanks to Oliver Mintzlaff for his stewardship and Eddie Jordan, my close friend and manager."

Since joining in 2006, Newey has helped guide the team to seven drivers’ championships and six constructors’ championships.

The team is currently in another dominant period of F1, with Max Verstappen currently on a run of three consecutive titles - he leads the 2024 standings by 35 points over teammate Sergio Perez.

Newey has been in the F1 paddock for more than 30 years, and has been in charge of designing some of the most successful cars in history with Williams and McLaren. 

The British engineer’s designs have more than 200 grand prix wins, and last year he helped break a record for most wins in an F1 season as Red Bull’s RB19 won 21 of 22 races it competed in.

Should Newey head to Ferrari, he will be teaming up with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton - who earlier this year announced he would be leaving Mercedes when 2024 comes to a close in favour of the Prancing Horse.

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