“It sounds stupid to say but I’d never, ever thought what happens if somebody dies or is badly hurt in a car that I’ve been responsible for. That happened that weekend, and it makes you question everything, really.
“So, it was a whole post-mortem of trying to understand what happened, what caused the accident, there was the manslaughter charges hanging over us, so it was a very difficult period and I think Patrick [Head] was also asking himself the same questions."
Newey has gone on to have a fantastic career at the top of Formula 1, a career that has spanned 35 years.
In that time, he has built some rocket ships that have dominated the rest of the field, including the McLaren MP4/13 in which Mika Hakkinen claimed his first drivers' world championship and the current RB19 that Max Verstappen can seemingly do no wrong in.
He has masterminded Red Bull's rise since the team was first formed in 2004, but just 10 years before that, he was thinking of quitting the sport altogether.
“I thought about it [stopping] I have to say," he continued.
"You’d be a fool or something wrong with you if you didn’t question yourself, or question what you’re doing. First of all, it would’ve been quite selfish because if Patrick or I decided we were stopping, we would have left the team in complete disarray.
“Like all mistakes, regardless of what did cause the accident, you have to learn from the possibilities of what might have caused the accident and make sure you react to that and try to take appropriate measures to stop that from ever happening again.”
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