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AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 22: Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull Racing looks on on the grid prior to the F1 Grand Prix of United States at Circuit of The Americas on October 22, 2023 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Newey: I´ll have a bit of a holiday, but probably go again

AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 22: Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull Racing looks on on the grid prior to the F1 Grand Prix of United States at Circuit of The Americas on October 22, 2023 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Adrian Newey expects to join another Formula 1 team once he’s had a “bit of a holiday” after leaving Red Bull, as speculations regarding the legendary designer’s future continue.

Newey is stepping down as Red Bull’s chief technical officer early next year. He will be free to join another team and could help whichever one he joins to develop its 2026 car when the next major change in regulations is due.

“I´ve wanted to work in motor racing, as a designer, since I was the age of eight or 10, and I´ve been lucky enough to fulfil that ambition, to have got that first job, and been in motor racing ever since,” the 65-year-old Newey told his manager Eddie Jordan in an interview posted on YouTube on Thursday.

“I love what I do, so at some point I guess I´ll have a bit of a holiday and as Forrest Gump said at the end of his long run, `I feel a little bit tired at the moment,´ but at some point I´ll probably go again,” he added.

Newey joined Red Bull in 2006 and helped the team win seven F1 Drivers’ Titles – including the last three seasons for Max Verstappen – and six F1 Constructors’ Titles.

Newey´s departure from Red Bull comes in the wake of team principal Christian Horner being accused of “inappropriate behavior” by a female employee. Horner was exonerated by Red Bull´s parent company GmbH and has always denied the claims.

Newey admitted working in F1 beyond the age of 65 was unthinkable for him before

He added in the interview: “If you asked me 15 years ago, at the age of 65 would I seriously be considering changing teams, going somewhere else and doing another four or five years, I would have said ‘you’re absolutely mad’.

“A few things happened at once. My dad, who was a vet, he was a huge car enthusiast and he used to tinker around with cars and play with them. That’s where things rubbed off on me.

“He wanted to retire when he was 60 and he semi-retired at 62, moved up with my mum to Yorkshire then fully retired at 65.

“He lost his way a bit in retirement. He lost his mojo and a combination of that and two of the people I respect the most, Bernie Ecclestone and Roger Penske, I asked them both ‘what’s your secret’.

“They are phenomenally mentally and physically agile. They both said ‘the brain is like a muscle, it needs exercise’,” Newey maintained.

But for now it seems the F1 tech guru will most probably enjoy a deserved vacation on board his custom Oyster 885 which will be produced by Oyster Yachts.

“To walk away from [Red Bull Racing] was a very hard decision… Do I go again or do I enjoy my Oyster Yacht and sail off into the sunset?” he said.

However, as mentioned earlier, Newey won’t hand up his drawing board, and while there have been reports that Newey is being courted by Aston Martin with a hefty offer on the table, the most probable destination for the Briton seems to be Ferrari, where he would join seven-time F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton who is heading to Maranello in 2025.

(Report by the Associated Press, Additional reporting by GrandPrix247)