F1: Newey to step down as Red Bull design chief in 2025

F1: Newey to step down as Red Bull design chief in 2025

Red Bull Racing have announced that it’s chief designer Adrian Newey, will step down from his role early next year.

The 65-year-old, who is a pivotal figure in Red Bull’s dominance of Formula 1, will end his nearly two-decades with the Austrian manufacturer in the first quarter of 2025.

Newey joined Red Bull in 2006 and helped the team win seven drivers’ titles — including the last three seasons for defending champion Max Verstappen — and six constructors’ titles.

“Ever since I was a young boy, I wanted to be a designer of fast cars,” Newey said. “My dream was to be an engineer in Formula One, 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.

“…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.”

Meanwhile, Red Bull teaam principal Christian Horner said of Newey: “All of our greatest moments from the past 20 years have come with Adrian’s hand on the technical tiller. His vision and brilliance have helped us to 13 titles in 20 seasons.

“His exceptional ability to conceptualise beyond F1 and bring wider inspiration to bear on the design of grand prix cars, 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 Racing to become a greater force than I think even the late Dietrich Mateschitz might have imagined.”

Red Bull currently lead the 2024 constructors’ championship 44 points clear of Ferrari, while Verstappen leads the drivers’ championship, 25 points ahead of teammate Sergio Perez.

The paddock will head to United States this weekend for the Miami Grand Prix.

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