Adrian Newey has revealed that the restrictive nature of Formula One’s current regulations were the major reason behind his decision to scale back his involvement with Red Bull Racing from next year onwards.
Ahead of Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix Red Bull confirmed that Newey would be taking a step back from his full-time design work at the team, moving into an advisory role while he pursues other side projects.
While he will remain a part of the organisation, the 2015 Red Bull car is expected to be the last to be overseen by the design legend, who has played a key role in the team’s four consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ title wins since 2010.
“I just feel, to be perfectly honest, the current regulations are very restrictive, which is a shame,” he said. “It’s difficult to find new areas to explore because they are so tight.
“At the same time, I’d like to see if I can apply my ability – whatever that might be – to other areas.
“I’ll be fully involved with the team over the next few months.
“During that time we will look at how the engineering structure will run in the future, and then once I get fully into the new projects, I will step back and take on much more of an advisory role and, if you like, mentoring some of my colleague engineers.”
Newey added that if the F1 rules were to change in the future, offering a new challenge, then he would not completely discount a return to a full-time role.
“It’s quite possible,” he admitted. “I’ve come to the stage in my career where I’d quite like to try other challenges, whatever they may be, and try my hand at different things.
“I’m 55 and not ready for the beach just yet.”
Image courtesy of Octane Photographic