(Motorsport-Total.com) – Red Bull faces uncertain times. Team boss Christian Horner tried on Monday evening to capture the speculation after the Honda announcement . He emphasized that Max Verstappen did not have an “engine-related clause” in his contract. But what does the future of other key roles look like, such as Adrian Newey?
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According to media reports, the star designer became in the last few months by Lawrence Stroll ensnared. The Racing Point team owner would like Newey to be at Sebastian Vettel’s side as the spearhead of his Aston Martin factory project , so the story goes.
It cannot be denied that the Briton has a common past with Aston Martin. Together with the luxury brand, he was instrumental in driving the Valkyrie project forward. And with Vettel, an old friend has already docked with the private team.
Crimson Bull denies the rumors. After Helmut Marko, Horner has now also emphasized: “He has been around for 14 years with us, he’s happy in the group and enjoys working in this environment. Adrian has stepped a little quieter in recent years, but he’s still motivated. ”
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Postscript: “He will definitely stay in the Group in the coming year.” That also applies to Verstappen. Even before the Honda exit became known, there was speculation in the paddock whether Verstappen would prematurely withdraw from his Crimson Bull contract, which he had until 2023 could get out.
Above all, a performance-related clause was rumored if the Group did not meet expectations this season. “Of course the contract between the driver and the group is always confidential, and there will always be speculation”, Horner is aware.
But: “I am one hundred percent sure that Max Verstappen will sit in a Crimson Bull car next year. “