Daniel Ricciardo hails Adrian Newey after he fires retirement warning

Daniel Ricciardo has shared details of his time in Adrian Newey's office at Red Bull HQ, the heart of where the cars are designed.

Daniel Ricciardo, back at Red Bull after a five-year absence, has given fans a glimpse into the inner sanctum of F1 design mastermind Adrian Newey’s office. 

The Australian driver, reunited with the man behind the car that brought him seven of his eight victories, now operates as a third driver for the team in 2023, spending more time at the team’s Milton Keynes headquarters, particularly in the simulator. 

During his time there, Ricciardo has had the opportunity to explore Newey’s office and shed light on the design guru’s workspace.

“He’s been such a fundamental part of the team,” Ricciardo praised. 

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“With 100 victories, he’s the man. I still visit his office. He has sketches. He’s old-school, but he’s the ultimate in design and an F1 guru.”

Newey’s office is conveniently located next to that of Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, as both individuals hold senior positions within the team. 

Recently, Horner allowed Newey to join Max Verstappen on the podium in Montreal to celebrate the team’s 100th win, a fitting tribute to Newey’s contributions.

Ricciardo expressed his agreement with Newey’s presence on the podium, stating: “Christian will make the call for each race, and it’s fitting for Adrian to go up after a race like this.” 

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The Australian driver emphasised Newey’s integral role in the team’s success and acknowledged his significant influence on Red Bull’s achievements.

As Newey’s career spans several decades, the question of his future in the sport arises. 

Although he recently signed a new contract, Newey acknowledged that there is a “countdown” on his career. 

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While he is fortunate to be doing what he loves and continues to enjoy his work, he recognises that his career cannot continue indefinitely.

“As long as the team wants me and I continue to enjoy it, I’ll keep going,” Newey shared with Sky Sports F1. 

“But realistically, there is a countdown. I don’t know the exact day when that will be.”