Max Verstappen breaks silence on Ferrari poaching strategy

Adrian Newey has committed to Red Bull despite other teams attempting to poach the renowned technical chief.

Max Verstappen has revealed that he is “very happy” Adrian Newey has agreed to extend his contract with Red Bull beyond the current season, as the technical chief’s design has powered the team to success.

The RB19 has been head and shoulders above the rest in 2023, as it has delivered every race win of the season so far for the title-leaders.

Red Bull has looked untouchable, building up a lead of more than double the points of their nearest rivals Aston Martin.

Horner poached Newey to Red Bull shortly after the team joined the grid, with the technical chief making the jump from McLaren to the team in 2006.

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Newey helped transform Red Bull into championship material, handing them four consecutive Constructors’ titles from 2010-2013.

While Newey took some time away from F1, his return to the sport saw Red Bull scoop the 2022 title under the new era of regulations.

Newey’s specialism when it comes to ground effect aerodynamics has helped the Red Bull car shoot to five consecutive Grand Prix victories this year – the best start in the team’s history.

Despite being happy to see Newey remain at the team, Verstappen was frank that it will not impact any decision he makes over his future.

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“Well, nothing will influence anything to ‘28 because I have a contract so but yeah, I’m very happy of course, that Adrian stays, but that goes for everyone in the team, right?” Verstappen said.

“I mean, when you’re doing really well, you want to try and keep that whole group together. And that’s of course also the target for the team for the future,” he added.

With Verstappen on course for a third consecutive Drivers’ title and Red Bull firmly on their way to a second consecutive Constructors’ championship, it’s unlikely the Dutchman will not step away anytime soon.