Christian Horner says Adrian Newey “has no access to any data”

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Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says Adrian Newey has been cut off from all F1 activities, but “he’ll be at some races between now and the end of the year”.

Although Christian Horner tried to downplay Adrian Newey’s departure from Red Bull, even highlighting that he will take time away from Formula 1 altogether, his statements after the Miami Grand Prix might suggest otherwise.

After the race, which Newey watched from Red Bull’s pitwall, Horner stated that the design guru has been basically cut off from all team operations.

“Adrian’s focus is very much now on the RB17 [Red Bull’s hypercar],” Horner said.

“He’s not sat in any briefings over the weekend, other than the race strategy. He has no access to any data, he’s not drawing parts, and his focus is now on RB17 until the end of his [notice].

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“He’ll be at some races between now and the end of the year, primarily where we have RB17 customers.”

Asked whether he’s concerned about Newey joining a different team, Horner said:

“I think Adrian is going to take some time away from Formula 1 and, at 65, you can’t blame him. I think he’s earned that right. He’s earned the right to take some time out.

“So what he chooses to do after that, it will be his choice,” he concluded.

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