Red Bull Racing is not concerned that Adrian Newey’s decision to step away from Formula One will impact on Sebastian Vettel’s future with the team.
Newey announced his intention to scale back his involvement in F1 ahead of Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix, with the 2015 Red Bull car expected to be his final Formula One project for the team before he moves on to pursue other challenges within Red Bull Technology, a move he admitted was driven by the restrictive nature of the current F1 rules.
Under the design leadership of Newey, Red Bull has won 48 races and four-consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ since 2010, establishing the team as the most successful in modern Formula One and propelling Sebastian Vettel to the forefront of the record books.
Yet, it remains to be seen if Vettel, who has driven Newey designed cars to each of his 39 F1 wins, still considers his long-term future with a Red Bull team bereft of the aero maestro.
Asked if Newey’s impending step away from F1 would impact upon his future with Red Bull, Vettel replied: “Well, I think my contract’s still long enough… I’m looking short-term if you ask me about the future right now.”
While some took Vettel’s answer to suggest he was angling for a move away for the Milton Keynes-based outfit, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner had dismissed the idea out of hand, insisting that the German remains fully committed to the team.
“Adrian is taking up a different role, he is not retiring completely from F1,” he said. “He is going to be mentoring and advising the team, and we have a great strength in depth.
“Sebastian is never going to talk about what the state of his contracts are, but he has enjoyed a huge amount of success with the team.
“And I have got no doubt that he will be with the team for many years to come.”
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