Newey set to end F1 career with Red Bull

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 09:  Chief technical officer of Red Bull Racing F1 team  Adrian Newey at the launch of the new RB5 Formula One car during F1 testing at the Circuito de Jerez on February 9, 2009 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Adrian Newey

May 29 (GMM) Adrian Newey has revealed he is unlikely to ever switch from Red Bull to another formula one team.

Red Bull’s highly paid and respected chief technical officer was recently reported to have removed a clause from his contract that set a definite end-date.

The 51-year-old contemplated retirement almost ten years ago, before recommitting to McLaren but then switching to Red Bull in 2006 on an estimated $10m per year retainer.

Newey admits to the Guardian that when he does leave F1, he is not sure what he will do.

“I’ve looked at (designing) yachts but that seems the only sport more anti-social than motor racing. I don’t know.

“I can’t see myself staying in this in my 60s but I can’t see myself lying on a beach either. At the same time I can’t see myself moving on to another formula one team,” he said.

When Newey initially joined Milton Keynes-based Red Bull, the infrastructure essentially put in place by Jaguar was not on the level of the top teams.

Now, Red Bull is F1’s pacesetter, and the Briton said: “We’ve managed to create a very good working environment here. It’s a good, honest, engineering-based team that goes about its task.”