Adrian Newey reveals “surprise” at Red Bull exit reactions

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Red Bull’s outgoing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey reveals why reactions to his Red Bull exit have been “a bit of a shock and a surprise almost”.

The biggest news stories in Formula 1 this year have been announcements of Lewis Hamilton’s move to Ferrari, and Adrian Newey’s departure from Red Bull.

The announcement of Newey’s surprise exit prompted the F1 media to take a look back at his substantial achievements through the years.

Ahead of the Miami Grand Prix, Newey was asked to respond to the ‘universal recognition’ of his ‘great achievements in the sport’.

“Surprised, to be honest,” Newey told Sky Sports F1.

“I mean, I’ve been doing the job I’ve always wanted to since I was a kid. That’s my passion.

“And I enjoy working with the drivers, the engineers in the team, all the other mechanics at the factory, etc. That’s what gets me up and motivates me.

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“The kind of other side of it is something [which] I guess comes as part of the package, but not something I ever think about. So it has been a bit of a shock and a surprise almost.”

When asked to further explain this “other side”, and whether it was an ‘unwelcome distraction’, Newey said:

“No, not an unwelcome distraction, just something that… I don’t know how to put it.

“It’s probably surprise more than anything because I never think about that, so statistics and all that isn’t something that drives me.

“It’s what I do and I just kind of normally end up under the radar and I’m very happy with that,” the Briton concluded.

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