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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer of Oracle Red Bull Racing arrives in the Paddock on a tender prior to practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2024 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Newey: I’ll need to have made my mind up by autumn

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer of Oracle Red Bull Racing arrives in the Paddock on a tender prior to practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2024 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Adrian Newey revealed the deadline by which he would have made his mind up on his future plans after deciding to leave Red Bull early in 2025.

Newey’s decision to leave Red Bull Racing has sent shock waves in the Formula 1 community, with speculation about the team he would join, not to mention the effect of his departure on Max Verstappen, and whether that would push the reigning F1 Champion to leave as well, especially in light of the recent tensions within the team following Christian Horner’s scandal and his tensions with the father of his star driver, Jos Verstappen.

Newey is highly linked with a move to Ferrari, while there are reports in the media that he is also being courted by Aston Martin, with claims that he has even visited the team’s new facility in Silverstone secretly.

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Speaking about his future plans to Sky Sports, Newey said: “I don’t know. At the moment, I’m just kind of still working on the RB17, our track car, and then just taking some time off.

“Last week actually we took seven days and lucky timing [with] the weather obviously, and went around the south coast with our dogs in an old Aston Martin DB6, and that was great fun,” he revealed.

Quizzed whether the deadline of his decision is by autumn or winter time, he responded: “Yeah, that’s certainly the target. By then I’ll need to have made my mind up.”

Newey is understood to be planning an announcement about his future some time in September, with Motorsport.com claiming that is due to contractual obligations to Red Bull.

It appears that part of the deal with Red Bull to be released early in 2025, is that Newey cannot commit to a new team before September, which means a six month period before he can start work with his new employer.

Big Question: What will it be for Newey, Ferrari or Aston Martin?