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AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 22: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown attend the Team Principals Press Conference prior to final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on October 22, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Brown: Since Newey news, more CVs coming to us from Red Bull

AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 22: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown attend the Team Principals Press Conference prior to final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on October 22, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

The departure of Formula 1’s top designer Adrian Newey from Red Bull is just the tip of the iceberg believes McLaren boss Zak Brown, citing an increase in job applications from staff at the World Champion team.

The Miami Grand Prix paddock has been buzzing since Newey, the sport’s highest-rated and multiple title-winning designer, dropped the bombshell announcement that he would be leaving Red Bull next year after almost two decades of service.

Newey, whose cars have won 25 F1 drivers’ and constructors’ championships, might be Formula One’s hottest free agent but Brown believes there could be an exodus of talent looking to escape the turmoil at Red Bull.

Brown told reporters in Miami: “I think giving everything that’s gone on since the start of the year, and knowing Adrian pretty well, he’s a very high integrity individual. I’m not surprised he’s moving on.

“I think the stuff that’s going on there is a bit destabilising, which is probably the first domino to fall and my guess is it won’t be the last based on the resumes that are flying around,” revealed the McLaren CEO.

Zak: People want to work for people like Adrian Newey

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The comments made by Brown support reports that suggest Newey’s decision to move on is linked to allegations over Red Bull team principal Christian Horner’s misconduct towards a female employee, who has lodged an appeal against the outcome which exonerated the boss.

Following an investigation by the team, Horner was cleared of the allegations in February. He has also been in the spotlight over rumoured issues with triple F1 world champion Max Verstappen’s father Jos and Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko.

“We’ve seen an increase in CVs coming in our way from the team (Red Bull),” said Brown. “I think Adrian is the most successful designer of all time, so in addition to the technical that he brings to the racing team, people want to work for people like Adrian Newey and work alongside him.

“I think they’ll be missing what he brings to the team from a pure technical point of view and then I think the leadership and the excitement people get from working with him will be missed,” added Brown. (Reporting by Steve Keating)