Adrian Newey’s contract is “up for renewal”, Hill speculates about Mercedes switch

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Tom Clarkson reveals that Adrian Newey’s contract is “being discussed within the corridors of power”, while Damon Hill speculates about the Briton’s interest in a switch to Mercedes.

There’s no denying that Adrian Newey is the most successful designer in Formula 1 history. The Briton’s designs have taken Williams, McLaren and Red Bull to multiple championship success, and right now his Red Bull RB19 is without a doubt the fastest car on the grid.

Taking this into account, it’s no wonder that everybody in the Formula 1 paddock is very interested in Newey’s next move, especially now, if F1 Nation podcast host Tom Clarkson is to be believed.

During the latest episode of the official F1 podcast, Clarkson revealed that Newey’s contract is “up for renewal”, and that it is “being discussed within the corridors of power”.

Clarkson then asked Damon Hill, who won his first and only F1 championship in the Newey designed Williams FW18, to give his opinion on the Briton’s future.

“So those people who are not that familiar with the backroom people in Formula 1 that make things actually happen, Adrian Newey is by a long chalk one of the most successful, if not the most successful, car designer in Formula 1 history,” Hill said.

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“His success rate is unbelievable, every team he’s been to virtually he’s won a constructors’ championship, drivers’ titles, I’ve lost count how many.

“So he’s a key man, and what he has to offer any team is invaluable.”

Hill then wondered if Newey might be interested in a new challenge at Mercedes.

“I can’t help ignoring this thing he did in Bahrain, where he stood in front of the Mercedes on the grid, with his clipboard, and stood there for a long time looking at their front wings.

“Anybody who knows Adrian will know ‘wait a minute, he’s already got the most dominant car in F1, why’s he looking at the Mercedes front wings?’

“Was he really looking at the front wings? Or was he just standing in front of a Mercedes saying ‘I’m interested’.

“Is that what he was really saying?” Hill wondered out loud.

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