Newey: I can't see myself going anywhere else

Adrian Newey during Formula One winter testing at the Circuito de Jerez on February 7, 2012 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

Adrian Newey during the first day of 2012 testing at Jerez

Feb.8 (Reuters) Adrian Newey emphasised his loyalty to Red Bull on Tuesday, saying that walking out on the Formula One champions would feel like abandoning his children.

Mark Webber drives the Red Bull RB8 during Jerez testing

In a clear sign he intended to see out his Formula One career with the British outfit, the design genius that every team in the paddock would like to poach 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,” Newey told reporters on the first day of pre-season testing in southern Spain. “I can’t see myself going anywhere else.

“I’ve been involved in the team from very early on, I feel very centrally involved in it and proud we’ve managed to get from the ashes of Jaguar to where we are today.

“That in itself brings a huge amount of satisfaction and the slightly paternal feeling of wanting that to carry on. To now leave for another team would kind of feel a little like walking out on your children in a way.”

Red Bull, who renamed Jaguar after saving that team from being shut down at the end of 2004 when Ford pulled out, have taken both titles for the past two years with Germany’s Sebastian Vettel.

Adrian Newey(GBR) Mclaren Technical Director and Mika Hakkinen(FIN), 3rd place Monaco GP, 16 May 1999

Adrian Newey with Mika Hakkinen in 1999 during their days at McLaren

With those successes, Newey has now designed championship-winning cars for three separate teams after drawing world-beaters for Williams and McLaren.

Ferrari have 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 kept it, and Australian driver Mark Webber, out of sight for longer than intended on Tuesday.

Newey explained the 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.

“We were stuck waiting for it to get from Seville to here,” said Newey.

Asked how testing had gone otherwise, he smiled: “Well, it hasn’t caught fire yet and it’s managed to do 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 Adrian Newey - Sebastian vettel combination has dominated F1 in the last two years

The Adrian Newey - Sebastian Vettel combination has dominated F1 over the last two years

The designer said it was simply to cool the driver.

“Traditionally the driver cooling slot is always right at the front of the nose, really 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 between now and the start of the season 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.