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Ferrari, Williams or elsewhere: Where next for Adrian Newey?

Ferrari, Williams or elsewhere: Where next for Adrian Newey?

The future of Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey continues to dominate headlines, with multiple options open to him should he decide to stay in Formula One after the two-time defending constructors’ champions announced he would leave the team in early 2025.

To many, a dream move to Ferrari seems like the best option, although Williams has emerged as a candidate, while the likes of Aston Martin, McLaren and Mercedes have been speculated as potential destinations. Newey’s intentions are not fully known, but he appears happy to take his time before making a decision.

Should the 65-year-old opt against retirement, he will have no shortage of options available to him in the paddock. Which would suit him best, and which would set the stage for a page-turning chapter in his storybook F1 career?

The strongest option: Ferrari

However you look at it, this is the dreamiest of dream moves and, according to multiple ESPN sources, appears to be the strongest option. Newey has spoken about his regret at never moving to Ferrari in the past despite multiple approaches from the Italian team. Over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, video circulated on social media of a grinning Newey signing a fan’s Ferrari flag before laughing and walking away. Reports have also emerged of the Neweys looking for a house somewhere in the Modena region.

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The Ferrari move would immediately tick off another bucket list item for Newey in giving him the opportunity to work with Lewis Hamilton, who he expressed regret at not building a car for in an appearance on F1’s “Beyond the Grid” podcast last year. Newey would immediately be overseeing car design for Hamilton and Charles Leclerc, which is as strong a driver pairing as you could wish to have.

An added bonus would be on Ferrari’s road car side. It’s hard to imagine any move for Newey being only F1-related. He designed the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar in conjunction with Red Bull. Ferrari’s world-renowned road cars are part of the brand’s almost mythical status, and the options on that side of the company are an incredible incentive for Ferrari to include in any offer they might make.

Then there’s Ferrari recent F1 past to consider. The team has not won the drivers’ championship since 2007 or the constructors’ championship since 2008. Team boss Frédéric Vasseur has been aggressive in building a team to end that run. Any driver-designer-team boss combo which reestablishes Ferrari as F1’s…

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