Adrian Newey to attend Miami GP as Red Bull exit talks continue following decision to leave world champions

Adrian Newey has decided to leave Red Bull; the legendary F1 designer has helped the team win 13 world titles since joining in 2006; Newey is expected to attend this weekend’s Miami Grand Prix; watch live on Sky Sports F1 as Miami hosts a second successive Sprint weekend

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Jenson Button feels Adrian Newey’s departure from Red Bull is one of the biggest stories to come out of Formula One in recent years as he’s the ‘best designer in the world’. You can listen to the latest episode of the Sky Sports F1 Podcast now.

Adrian Newey is set to attend this weekend’s Miami Grand Prix as the timescale of his Red Bull exit remains under discussion following his decision to leave the team.

Newey has informed senior figures at Red Bull of his desire to leave his position as chief technical officer but has not felt the need to tender an official resignation with talks over his departure progressing.

While it is not certain that Newey will remain with the team until his contract expires at the end of 2025, a sudden exit is not currently expected.

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The 65-year-old has been at Red Bull since 2006, leading the design of the cars that have taken the team to all 13 of their world titles.

As reports emerged last week of Newey’s intention to leave, Red Bull denied that he had resigned and appeared unready to accept a hugely successful partnership was coming to an end.

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Jenson Button discusses whether Adrian Newey’s departure from Red Bull might affect Max Verstappen’s future with the team. You can listen to the latest episode of the Sky Sports F1 Podcast now.

However, with there now appearing to be an acceptance that Newey’s mind is made up, attention has turned to agreeing an exit that suits both parties.

Newey is said to be particularly keen not to be the focus of attention in a week that marks the 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s death. Newey was the chief designer at Williams at the time of Senna’s fatal 1994 accident in the team’s car.

Newey has not yet held any face-to-face talks with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, although the pair are expected to travel to Miami together this week.

Several other F1 teams, most notably Ferrari and Aston Martin, have been linked with moves for Newey, but he is understood to have told Red Bull that he has not signed an agreement to join one of their rivals.

The grievance against Horner, who has always denied the claims, was dismissed on February 28. The woman who brought the complaint has since appealed the outcome.

Following the allegations against Horner, a perceived power struggle at Red Bull has been playing out with Horner coming under heavy pressure after his star driver’s father, Jos Verstappen, called for the team principal to leave.

The series of events are understood to have further disillusioned Newey, who had signed his most recent contract extension almost exactly a year ago.

Ferrari Newey’s most likely F1 destination

Some reports have claimed Newey’s contract includes a clause that would prevent him from joining another team for a year after the end of his Red Bull deal, which would mean he couldn’t start work elsewhere until the start of 2027.

If he were to decide to remain in F1, Newey would be wanted by every other team on the grid, but the most likely candidates to sign him would be title-challenging hopefuls Ferrari, Mercedes, McLaren and Aston Martin.

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Sky Sports News’ Craig Slater explains that Adrian Newey could be set to leave Red Bull and might join Lewis Hamilton at Ferrari in the future.

Of the four, Newey is understood to be most interest in a move to Ferrari, which could see him work alongside Lewis Hamilton, who is joining the Italian team from Mercedes in 2025.

Aston Martin would be keen to sign Newey with team owner Lawrence Stroll willing to make a hugely lucrative offer, but the Silverstone-based squad are not confident of pulling off a deal.

Mercedes, meanwhile, have struggled since the start of the 2022 season under F1’s current design regulations and appear poorly positioned to fight for titles in the short to mid-term future.

Sky Sports F1’s live Miami GP schedule

Thursday May 2
6.30pm: Drivers’ press conference

Friday May 3
3pm: F1 Academy Practice 1
5pm: Miami GP Practice One (session starts at 5.30pm)
8.20pm: F1 Academy Practice 2
9pm: Miami GP Sprint Qualifying (session starts at 9:30pm)

Saturday May 4
3.25pm: F1 Academy Qualifying
4pm: Miami GP Sprint (race starts at 5pm)
6.30pm: Ted’s Sprint Notebook
7.05pm: F1 Academy Race 1
8pm: Miami GP Qualifying build-up*
9pm: Miami GP Qualifying*
11pm: Ted’s Qualifying Notebook*

Sunday May 5
6.05pm: F1 Academy Race 2
7.30pm: Grand Prix Sunday Miami GP build-up*
11pm: Chequered Flag: Miami GP reaction*
Midnight: Ted’s Notebook*

*also live on Sky Sports Main Event

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