Newey pledges loyalty to Red Bull

2012-02-08 10:17

Jerez, Spain - Adrian Newey has emphasised his loyalty to Red Bull by saying that walking out on the Formula 1 champion team would feel like abandoning his children.

The design genius who every team in the paddock would like to poach said in a clear sign that he intended to see out his F1 career with the British outfit, said Red Bull felt very much like family.

"So long as I am enjoying it and people want me to work here, I'll carry on doing so," he said. "I can't see myself going anywhere else. I've been involved in the team from very early on, I feel centrally involved in it, and I'm proud we've managed to get from the ashes of Jaguar to where we are today.

"To leave for another team would feel a little like walking out on your children."

Red Bull, which was renamed from Jaguar after saving that team from being shut down at the end of 2004 when Ford pulled out, took the Driver and Manufacturer titles with Sebastian Vettel in 2010 and 2011. With those successes, Newey has now designed championship-winning cars for three teams after drawing world-beaters for Williams and McLaren.

Ferrari has made no secret that he would be top of their wish list.


The track debut of the latest Newey-designed creation is always an eagerly awaited event but early morning fog over Jerez kept it and Australian driver Mark Webber out of sight for longer than intended on Tuesday. Newey explained that a plane coming in from England with the rear wing assembly, which had been held back for checks after an online launch, had been unable to land in Jerez and was diverted to Seville.

Newey said: "We were stuck waiting for it to get from Seville to here."

Asked how testing had gone otherwise, he smiled: "Well, it hasn't caught fire yet, but it's managed a few laps."

The online launch, offering a fleeting glimpse of the car, had shown an intriguing slot at the base of the ramp of the nose into the front bulkhead and raised speculation about whether Newey was up to his tricks again.

The designer said it was simply to cool the driver.

"Traditionally the driver cooling slot is always right at the front of the nose; for styling as much as anything we moved it to where you now see it just to kind of break up the aesthetics of the ramp that's required by regulation."

Asked whether he expected the rules to throw up any controversies before the first race in Melbourne on March 18, Newey felt it was unlikely but not impossible.

"There's always a chance that somebody will come up with something that's right on the border," he said.