I don’t want to make the same mistake again”: Red Bull’s Adrian Newey explains why he never joined Ferrari

“I don’t want to make the same mistake again”:
Red Bull’s Adrian Newey explains why he never joined Ferrari

Red Bull’s aviation wizard Adrian Newey has revealed that one of the main reasons he never joined Ferrari was because of what happened in his first marriage. Newey was the leading aerodynamics expert of the 90s.

He produced highly qualified opposition in Williams, who helped Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost win titles. That was around the time Ferrari approached aerodynamic wizard Red Bull.

Newey revealed that when he worked with IndyCar in America, his first marriage failed because his wife could not adapt to the United States. When Newey was approached by the Italian giant, it meant he would move to Italy immediately after his second marriage. He didn’t want to take any risks so he turned down the offer.

In the latest Beyond the Grid podcast, Newey said:

“The story from 1993 is fascinating. So I went down, Jean Todt had just started. I remember him talking about should we hire Michael or not? Do you think it’s a good idea? The main reason I didn’t was because my first marriage failed, for many different reasons, but probably mainly because I went to IndyCar so I was living in America during the season. »

He added,

“At first my relatively newlywed wife came to me, she really didn’t like living in America and she moved back, which put a strain on our marriage from which we never really recovered, to be honest. So in 1993, I was a year into my second marriage, I didn’t want to make the same mistake again.

Red Bull’s Adrian Newey doesn’t like working remotely

Adrian Newey was asked if there was a scenario where he would be offered a job for Ferrari in the UK, but the Red Bull mastermind revealed he is not interested in that approach. Notably, the Italian team tried this technique on John Bernard with limited success but it did not interest Newey. Speaking about remote working, Newey said:

“I never asked questions. I didn’t believe it so I never asked. I think if you want to do it, Ferrari is an Italian team. The idea of ​​having a research and design center in a completely different location from the racing team, I know we have a sister team doing that, but I don’t believe in the concept.

It’s safe to say that even though Adrian Newey didn’t join Ferrari, the success he had at Red Bull and the legacy he built remains unparalleled.

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