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Will the departure of the technical genius Red Bull cause further damage?

Will the departure of the technical genius Red Bull cause further damage?
Adrian Newey: The “mastermind of Formula 1” has had enough of his work at Red Bull.
Max Verstappen
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There is much to suggest that world champion Max Verstappen and his Red Bull will be at the large-scale Formula 1 show in Miami on Sunday (10 p.m., live on ORF 1, Sky), where the organizers are trying to create an atmosphere like Disneyland create, and want to welcome VIPs like Serena Williams and Elon Musk, there is once again the solo entertainer. Four wins in five races this year speak for themselves. But in the background, the foundations of the successful Austrian-British racing team have long been being shaken. The impending departure of Adrian Newey, the long-time chief designer, could have far-reaching consequences.

His designs for Williams, McLaren and most recently Red Bull were the basis for 13 driver titles and 12 team world championships. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner praised the technical genius in the farewell announcement for “his extraordinary ability to think beyond Formula 1, his remarkable talent for facing change and focusing on the most promising areas of the rules, and his unconditional will to win “. The world champion team confirmed on Wednesday that the chief designer will leave the ship in the first quarter of 2025 after two decades.

“Not the last to go”

The trigger for his termination is the turmoil surrounding Horner, who had been accused of inappropriate behavior by a former employee. Not least because of this, the Red Bull empire is in danger of faltering. “I believe that this will be the beginning of a new era for Red Bull and that he is not the last to go,” says Sky expert Ralf Schumacher. The former racing driver is now expecting a bloodletting from other top engineers. “If that were to happen, I believe that the team could slip into mediocrity with the new rules for the 2026 season at the latest,” said the 48-year-old.

Max Verstappen
Image: APA/AFP/GIORGIO VIERA

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Max Verstappen
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