Adrian Newey and McLaren CEO swap teams

McLaren are seen by many as the team to beat Red Bull to a race win in 2023, amid Max Verstappen's dominance.

McLaren CEO Zak Brown and Red Bull chief technical director Adrian Newey were spotted having dinner together with a group of people, whilst celebrating the end of Monterey car week.

Also, at the table were Ford CEO Jim Farley and Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen.

Brown posted a photo of the table of six onto social media, where it was identified that the McLaren CEO and Newey had exchanged caps.

Newey was wearing a McLaren cap whilst Brown rocked a Red Bull cap, much to people’s amusement.

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Both Brown and Newey will be heading to Zandvoort shortly for this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix, which will bring the summer break to a close.

Red Bull’s biggest threat in the last few races has actually been McLaren, meaning that Brown and Newey were likely keeping their cards close to their chest.

McLaren have made huge progress since the Austrian Grand Prix, where the Woking-based team introduced a sizeable upgrades package.

They’ve gone from being sixth or seventh in the pecking order to being second or third in the last few rounds, marking a stark improvement.

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Norris has actually claimed P2 in two of the last three races, whilst he’s finished the last four in the top five.

Rookie Oscar Piastri has also done well recently and has claimed two top five finishes in the last three races.

He even nearly won the Belgian GP sprint, but ended up in second after being overtaken by Max Verstappen.

Some see McLaren as the team most likely to defeat Red Bull, something which nobody has achieved yet this season.

That’s mostly due to Verstappen’s dominance, with the reigning World Champion having won 10 races already in 2023.

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He’s currently on an eight-race winning streak, with Sebastian Vettel’s record of nine wins in a row being in jeopardy this weekend.

Verstappen’s dominance has made Red Bull superior, to the extent that they’ve won 13 consecutive races, a new record in F1.

The last time they were defeated was the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix, where George Russell and Lewis Hamilton claimed a 1-2 for Mercedes.