It has been reported that the highly regarded (and paid, it must be said) design guru recently removed a clause from his contract with the team that stipulated a definite end-date.
The 51-year-old was on the verge of walking away from F1 almost ten years ago in the wake of the tug-of-war for his services between his previous employer, McLaren, and the Jaguar team, which believed it had secured his services only for McLaren boss Ron Dennis to change Adrian’s mind by dint of a massive pay rise offer.
Speaking with The Guardian, Newey – the mind behind some of the cleverest F1 designs in the last twenty-five years since he first shot to fame with the 1988 March F1 car – admitted that he would have no idea what to do if and when he left F1.
"I’ve looked at [designing] yachts but that seems the only sport more anti-social than motor racing,” he quipped.
"I can’t see myself staying in this in my 60s but I can’t see myself lying on a beach either. At the same time I can’t see myself moving on to another Formula 1 team," he continued.
Newey famously switched to Red Bull in 2006 – essentially the remnants of the Jaguar outfit, as it would ironically turn out – on an estimated $10M a season retainer. Back when he started, the infrastructure of the team in no way reflects the standards it has hit today, with the team now heading the Drivers’ and Constructors’ championships.
"We’ve managed to create a very good working environment here. It’s a good, honest, engineering-based team that goes about its task," he added.
[Original image via Sutton Images]
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