Adrian Newey: Lewis Hamilton’s comments on Ferrari tie-up ‘very flattering’, says outgoing Red Bull designer | F1 News

Adrian Newey spoke to Sky Sports F1 in his first interview since Red Bull confirmed the legendary designer will be leaving the team; Watch the Miami Sprint GP on Saturday at 5pm, with qualifying at 9pm and the race itself on Sunday at 9pm, live on Sky Sports F1

0:03, United Kingdom, Saturday May 4, 2024

Adrian Newey has admitted he is “flattered” by Lewis Hamilton’s comments about the legendary designer joining him at Ferrari next season.

Red Bull announced on Wednesday that Newey will step down as technical director with immediate effect and will work on other projects before being allowed to leave early next year.

Hamilton, who will leave Mercedes to join Ferrari next season, said on Thursday it would be “surprising” if the Italian team could sign Newey.

Newey, who is at this weekend’s Miami Grand Prix as he continues to work on Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar project, spoke exclusively to Sky Sports F1 Martin Brundle on Friday.

Lewis Hamilton said Adrian Newey would be an incredible addition to Ferrari after the technical director confirmed his departure from Red Bull this week.

“F1 is all-consuming. I’ve been in it for a long time,” Newey said.

“2021 was a very busy year due to the close battle with Mercedes, during the championship and, at the same time, putting all the research into the RB18 (the 2022 car).

“There comes a point where I felt, like Forrest Gump said, ‘I feel a little tired.’

“It’s very nice of Lewis to say that. I’m very flattered. At the moment, it’s just taking a little break and seeing what happens next.”

When asked how long he had been reflecting on his future with the team, Newey responded: “A little bit of time now. I guess over the winter a little bit.

Christian Horner feels Adrian Newey just wants to take some time for himself and has earned the right to walk away when Red Bull is on top.

“Then, as events unfolded this year, I thought: I’m in a very fortunate position where I don’t need to work to live. I work because I enjoy it.

“I felt like now is a good time to step back a little bit, take a break and take stock of life.”

Amid its continued dominance of F1 on the track with Max Verstappen, Red Bull’s start to 2024 has featured sustained turbulence off the track following the investigation earlier this year by its Austrian parent company into allegations of inappropriate behavior against Horner by a female colleague.

The complaint against Horner, who has always denied the allegations, was dismissed on February 28. The woman who filed the complaint has since appealed the outcome.

“At the moment there is no plan”

Sky Sports’ Nigel Chiu looks at what could be next for Adrian Newey, after Red Bull confirmed the departure of their technical director in early 2025.

While already heavily linked with a move to Ferrari in recent days, Newey’s next moves beyond Red Bull will be closely monitored across the sport.

The 65-year-old kept his cards close to his chest when asked what the future held, but did not rule out a future job in F1.

“I think Mandy, my wife and the dogs, they’re going to travel and buy an RV or something, travel around France and just enjoy life,” Newey said.

“Then maybe at some point I’ll stand in the shower and say ‘okay, this will be the next adventure.’

“But at the moment there is no plan.”

We revisit Martin Brundle’s interview with Adrian Newey at his home to talk about his career as ‘the greatest Formula 1 designer of all time’.

It is understood that the terms of Newey’s departure from Red Bull in the first quarter of 2025 do not include a period of gardening leave, meaning he would be free to join another team in time to continue having a significant influence on his car. from 2026 when the chassis and engine rules are being drastically revised.

When Brundle told him he would like to be part of that 2026 rule change, Newey responded: “I sure enjoy regulation changes. I would say this current set of regulations was the biggest regulation change we’ve had since 1983. , when flat-bottom cars arrived.

“I really enjoyed the challenge of all the research and all the detailed designs of that car. “These two later cars (after the 2022 car) are evolutions of that car and next year’s car will be the third evolution.

“It’s been a great series. One that surprised me how much goes into these cars. When I first looked at these regulations, I wasn’t so sure. It’s been fun.”

Miami GP schedule live from Sky Sports F1

Miami GP 2024 managing partner Tom Garfinkel tells Sky Sports’ Craig Slater about the improvements they have made to the track and its surroundings to improve the experience for both competitors and spectators.

Saturday May 4
15.25: F1 Academy Classification
4:00 pm: Miami Sprint GP (race starts at 5:00 pm)
6:30 p.m.: Ted’s sprint notebook
7:05 p.m.: Race 1 of the F1 Academy
8:00 pm: preparation for Miami GP qualifying*
9:00 p.m.: Miami GP Classification*
11:00 p.m.: Ted’s classification notebook*

Sunday May 5
6:05 p.m.: F1 Academy Race 2
7:30 p.m.: preparation for Sunday’s Grand Prix in Miami*
9:00 p.m.: MIAMI GRAND PRIX*
11:00 p.m.: Checkered flag: reaction from the Miami GP*
Midnight: Ted’s Notebook*

*also live on Sky Sports main event

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