Red Bull’s Christian Horner said the company obviously needs to think about its future once Adrian Newey chooses to retire.
Newey is one of F1’s most successful car designers, having won 11 constructors’ championship titles in three teams, seven drivers’ championships and 193 Grand Prix victories.
As Red Bull’s Technical Director, Newey oversees the work of Technical Director Pierre Wache, Engineering Director Rob Marshall and Chief Performance Engineer Ben Waterhouse.
Newey turns 64 in December and, having been with Red Bull since 2007, the question mark over what will happen once Newey decides to end his career is one that Red Bull will eventually have to face.
Newey also taking an interest in Red Bull’s engineering arm, Advanced Technologies, as well as the announced Red Bull RB17 hypercar projectTeam boss Christian Horner said Newey’s firm hand at the helm of their technical departments allowed the starters to shine – paving the way for the future.
“Yeah, that’s something we’ve obviously looked at and discussed over this time, and Adrian’s role as CTO has evolved with Advanced Technologies now, and the RB17 that we announced earlier in the year”, Horner said in an interview with the KTM Summer Grill for Speedcafe.com.
“He splits his time between various projects, and that forced the other guys to step in. There’s Pierre Wache as technical director, and the technical team, and they’ve done a fantastic job.
“Obviously Adrian feeds off of it and works very closely with this group. He has this encyclopedia of knowledge, but it’s great to see the strength and depth that we have technically and the way they’ve delivered.
With Horner and Newey forming one of the most successful team boss/car designer partnerships ever seen in the sport, Horner described him as “the only guy who can see the air” – a useful talent to have. for the start of the new regulatory ground effect in 2022.
“He lives in the Matrix,” Horner continued.
“He’s been the conductor of the technical orchestra for all these years now. He is always very practical, he is always at his drawing board. I think this is probably the only drawing board in Formula 1 I’ve had to argue with [former McLaren CEO] Ron Dennis to fight McLaren.
“Obviously ups and downs over the years, but it’s always been fun. It has always been about racing.
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