Grapevine: Newey Set to Turn Back on F1

McLaren technical director Adrian Newey looks almost certain to turn his back on Formula One at the start of next year, Autosport-Atlas reveals, after agreeing only a brief extension to his current contract with the team

Grapevine: Newey Set to Turn Back on F1

Newey, regarded as one of the best car designers of modern times, has been at the centre of speculation about his future plans since the middle of last year when speculation linked him with a possible return to Williams.

But insiders have told Autosport-Atlas that Newey has now agreed a six-month contract extension with McLaren, with his original deal due to have run out at the end of July this year.

The contract extension means that he will definitely stay on board for the design of McLaren's MP4-21 before probably handing over responsibility to someone else prior to the start of the 2006 season.

It is not known whether Newey is open to any further offers to stay with McLaren beyond January 2006, but it understood he has ruled out taking on a consultancy role with the team and the short length of the new contract indicates that his mind is made up about walking away from F1 sooner rather than later.

Speaking about his future plans, Newey has made it clear himself that he wants to pursue activities outside of F1 - in particular his participation in historic car rallies.

"I want to have a better quality of life," said Newey. "I want to compete in old-timer events. I want to drive my Ford GT40 and a new two-litre Abarth Spyder which I have just bought and which used to be raced by Arturo Merzario."

Newey has also previously been linked with involvement in yacht design, but this now appears to have been put on the back-burner for his historic car activities.

McLaren were unavailable for comment to confirm Newey's contract extension.

shares
comments
BAR have Nothing to Hide, Says Fry

Previous article

BAR have Nothing to Hide, Says Fry

Next article

Former F1 Driver John Love Dies

Former F1 Driver John Love Dies
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Author Jonathan Noble
Why Russell was right to be wrong about Bottas after Imola F1 clash Plus

Why Russell was right to be wrong about Bottas after Imola F1 clash

George Russell and Valtteri Bottas' collision at Imola on Sunday prompted fury in the Formula 1 paddock. But Russell's carefully-worded heartfelt statement later, acknowledging that his initial response was wrong, proved the right move

How Verstappen and Hamilton’s Imola clash sets the tone for F1’s 2021 title fight Plus

How Verstappen and Hamilton’s Imola clash sets the tone for F1’s 2021 title fight

In Max Verstappen's Formula 1 career to date, he has been cast as the 'pretender', an acknowledged top-line performer without the car to regularly challenge Lewis Hamilton. But that no longer applies in 2021, and the start to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was the most telling signal yet of what we can expect from their duel this year

Formula 1
Apr 21, 2021
How “overwhelming” McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve Plus

How “overwhelming” McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve

Daniel Ricciardo has found a new lease of life at McLaren – a move that’s been years in the making, as he explains to STUART CODLING…

Formula 1
Apr 20, 2021
The German legend who raced and beat Nuvolari Plus

The German legend who raced and beat Nuvolari

Ninety years ago, Rudolf Caracciola became the first non-Italian to win the epic Mille Miglia. We look at how he stacks up to the most famous pre-war ace Tazio Nuvolari, one of the drivers he beat on that day in 1931

Formula 1
Apr 20, 2021
How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams Plus

How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams

Formula 1’s latest Imola adventure turned into an expensive trip for many teams due to several crashes throughout the weekend. While balancing the books is an added factor in 2021 with the cost cap, a few midfield teams have cashed in early on development investments

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings

A frantic wet race at Imola produced plenty of excitement and drama as drivers scrabbled for grip. Amid the hatful of mistakes and incidents that ensued, who kept their noses cleanest?

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves Plus

How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves

Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era Plus

The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era

The first in a line of world beaters was designed in a back bedroom and then constructed in a shed. STUART CODLING recalls the Tyrrell 001

Formula 1
Apr 18, 2021