Adrian Newey Negotiates Early Exit from Red Bull Amidst Contract Dispute

Renowned designer Adrian Newey is negotiating an early departure from Red Bull, paving the way for a potential move to another Formula 1 team in early 2025, BBC Sport has learned.

Considered F1’s greatest-ever designer, Newey’s exit from the reigning world champions is imminent, with an announcement expected within days following contract negotiations. While Red Bull has refrained from commenting on the matter, sources close to Newey and the team indicate that his next destination remains undecided, although Ferrari appears to be the frontrunner.

At 65 years old, Newey’s contract as Red Bull’s chief technical officer extends until the end of 2025 and includes a 12-month non-compete clause. However, efforts by his legal team have secured an early exit, allowing him to join a new team in time to contribute to their 2026 car design, particularly crucial given the introduction of new engine and chassis regulations that year.

Newey’s departure from Red Bull marks the end of an era for the team, which has experienced periods of dominance under his leadership since 2005. Despite the success, recent tensions within the team, including allegations of misconduct against team principal Christian Horner, have contributed to Newey’s decision to seek new opportunities.

While Ferrari and Aston Martin have expressed interest in acquiring Newey’s services, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has indicated a lack of interest, leaving the door open for potential negotiations with other teams.

The repercussions of Newey’s departure extend beyond Red Bull, with speculation arising about the future of world champion Max Verstappen. The Dutch driver, unsettled by the recent controversies within the team, may be swayed by Mercedes’ pursuit, raising further uncertainty about Red Bull’s future.

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