Horner Responds to Recent Aston Martin F1 Rumor Surrounding Red Bull Designer Newey

Published 09/29/2021, 3:38 AM EDT
LE CASTELLET, FRANCE – JUNE 23: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull Racing look on from the pit wall during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 23, 2018 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Aston Martin haven’t had a formidable outing in Formula 1 this season and are lagging at the back of the mid-field pack. Of course, luck hasn’t been on their side either. However, they certainly seem to have set a target in the long term, and preparations to attain such a mountainous target are very much evident.

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Recently, the outfit commenced the construction work of a headquarters of their own alongside Silverstone, making it the first of such F1-related projects around the United Kingdom since the unveiling of McLaren Technology Centre in 2004.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021 Red Bull team principal Christian Horner during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Soon, there was another announcement, which left the entire F1 community in awe – the signing of former McLaren Racing CEO, Martin Whitmarsh. He will be taking up the role of CEO at Aston Martin, starting from October 1, 2021.

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Amidst such multiple announcements, a rumor bloomed out of Aston Martin starring Red Bull’s ever-present designer, Adrian Newey. Reports suggested that the 62-year-old will also be following Whitmarsh to Aston Martin, considering the two have been colleagues for years.

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Is the Adrian Newey – Aston Martin rumor true?

Well, the answer is no! And this clarification arrived from Red Bull’s boss, Christian Horner, himself. The Briton kept it short and crisp, according to Speed Week. After being asked whether Newey will be heading to Aston Martin soon, Horner replied, “No. That is not correct.”

Meanwhile, he did affirm that his team’s recruiting work is far from over, with more signings set to arrive in the coming days. Red Bull have been busy with creating a separate team for the engine department amidst their upcoming project takeover from Honda, come 2022.

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Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

The recruiting is still in full swing, I’d say we’re halfway through. Some new ones have already started their work. We also hire a lot of young talent,” the Red Bull boss said. (Translated via Google Translate)

Overall, Aston Martin have hardly looked threatening in their returning F1 year. But let’s not be too harsh on them. Considering how their previous couple of campaigns panned out in 1959 and 1960, 2021 certainly feels like a strong comeback.

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And on top of that, the latest signings and developments could well bolster Aston Martin’s chances of competing at the top in coming years. Hence, can the 007s carry themselves to the top of the table by as early as 2023? Well, only time will tell.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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