A 55-year-old multi-millionaire who has achieved everything there is to achieve, revolutionised their chosen field and often spoken of the desire to pursue other professional avenues steps back from what has made them famous. Should we be surprised?
In the case of Adrian Newey, no. The announcement of his move into what amounts to Formula 1 semi-retirement in June was something he had been talking about, on and off, for years.
But Newey has become so inextricably linked with F1 that the idea of him sidestepping into what amounts to a part-time role with the Red Bull team at the end of the season feels like the end of an era.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.