Adrian Newey’s Potential Departure from Red Bull Sparks Ferrari Speculation

Red Bull's majority shareholder, Thai billionaire Chalerm Yoovidhya, has backed Horner publicly amidst the controversies.

If Adrian Newey departs from Red Bull as anticipated, his next destination in Formula 1 might already be on the horizon, as reports concerning his wife, Amanda Smerczak, suggest a potential move.

Newey, widely regarded as one of the sport’s premier car designers, has faced scrutiny since team principal Christian Horner was accused of misconduct towards a female employee.

Although Horner was cleared after an internal investigation, the verdict is under appeal, and recent reports indicate Newey, 65, is weary of the power dynamics within the team and intends to step down.

Red Bull’s majority shareholder, Thai billionaire Chalerm Yoovidhya, has backed Horner publicly amidst the controversies.

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However, co-owner Mark Mateschitz reportedly seeks Horner’s removal.

Given Newey’s immense expertise, it seems unlikely he would exit Formula 1 entirely.

Speculation already links him to Ferrari, the team seen as the primary challenger to Red Bull’s dominance.

According to the Daily Mail, Smerczak has been exploring real estate in Italy, particularly in Maranello, where Ferrari is headquartered.

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Joining Fred Vasseur’s team would align well with Newey’s potential move.

Ferrari’s allure is set to increase next year, with Lewis Hamilton poised to replace Carlos Sainz Jr. at the end of the 2024 season.

With Mercedes struggling, Hamilton’s two-year deal represents his final push for an eighth world title, and collaborating with Newey would bolster his chances significantly.

Newey’s current contract with Red Bull extends until 2025, but his ability to join Ferrari next year hinges on contractual details, including the presence of a release clause, which neither party has confirmed.

Since joining Red Bull in 2006, Newey has been instrumental in securing seven drivers’ championships for the team.

His close relationship with Horner has been evident, with Horner praising Newey’s contributions to the team’s success.

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“He’s a great part of the team,” Horner remarked last year upon Newey’s contract extension.

“It’s great to have him with us, and as the team continues to evolve, we’ve got strength and depth.

“But to have Adrian for the longer term with us is fantastic for everyone in the team.”