Adrian Newey is, without a doubt, the most accomplished engineer in Formula One. His cars have won over 80 grands prix and ten constructors' championships with three different teams – Williams, McLaren and Red Bull – making him the only designer in the history of F1 to have achieved such success. He even designed cars in the mid-80s that won the Indy 500 and CART championship twice apiece. In short, nobody comes close. But now he's preparing to step away from the fast-paced world of F1 racing.

Ending speculation that he could, having already engineered Red Bull's success, move to another team (like Ferrari), Red Bull has announced that it has signed a new long-term contract with Newey. Only he won't be designing F1 cars anymore. Saying only that "Adrian will work on new Red Bull Technology projects" and that "the details of the new projects will be announced in due course," the team has not specified what the celebrated and highly accomplished engineer and designer will be working on, exactly, but that he will also continue "advising and mentoring" the team in the development of its new chassis moving forward.

We'll have to wait to see what Newey will be working on next. Sponsored by Infiniti and powered by Renault, the team is closely tied to the Renault-Nissan Alliance – could he be working on Nissan's new LMP1 program? Another kind of racecar? A road-going supercar? Some high-level consultancy projects for outside clients? Only time will tell, but if his track record has proven anything, it's that he's not the type to sit still for long.
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June 8, 2014

Red Bull is pleased to confirm that it has extended its successful relationship with Adrian Newey with a new multi-year agreement.

As part of this new agreement, Adrian will work on new Red Bull Technology projects, as well as advising and mentoring Infiniti Red Bull Racing as it develops its Formula One cars over the next few seasons. The details of the new projects will be announced in due course.

Adrian joined Infiniti Red Bull Racing at the beginning of the 2006 season as Chief Technical Officer. In 2010 the team won its first Drivers' and Constructors' World Championships; the Austrian-owned team has retained the titles ever since, winning both Championships again in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      Perhaps an Infiniti sports car would be useful.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Newey might be good but in lot of cases he just repurposes the ideas from the past. I'd say in terms of car designers, Colin Chapman was far more inventive and aggressive compared to Newey. I guess the regulations leave much less space these days...
        • 1 Year Ago
        You are nuts. Colin had to make a light minimalist car with no aero, something suited for garage engineers. Newey, in aero alone, has made more innovations than Colin could hope to have the opportunity for. I love Colin Chapman, but just by the circumstances of the times, Newey has had the MUCH harder job in a higher-dollar higher-competition environment. With more opportunities to innovate.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Everyone re-purposes ideas from the past. You're a terrible engineer if you don't.
      John Ralphio
      • 1 Year Ago
      Luca D's hair is going to fall out now.
      Surya De
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think America's Cup will see a Newey powered entry :) That's my prediction.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Surya De
        American's Cup scrutineers better bone up too because their rule book is about to be riddled with previously unknown "loopholes" and shrouded with massive "gray areas." The guy has such a mind---he should be working on renewable energy or fusion or something for the good of mankind.
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's highly unlikely that he'll be working on anything for Renault-Nissan. Besides, Infiniti is dropping their sponsorship next year.
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      presumably he's earned enough company credit that red bull is paying him wads of money simply to (a) do whatever he wants and (b) not work for anyone else
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