Christian Horner is confident that his Red Bull team is well-prepared for the eventual transition to life without design legend Adrian Newey, although there are currently no immediate plans for Newey to step away from Formula 1.
However, Horner knows that the reality is that this arrangement won't last indefinitely. Having celebrated his 65th birthday, Newey continues to contribute to the design process and mentor colleagues, but his day-to-day involvement in Milton Keynes has diminished.
Technical director Pierre Wache now assumes a more prominent role, aligning with Horner's strategy to prepare the team for the eventual transition when Newey steps back from his central role.
Horner: Manchester United evolved, so will we
"Adrian is a big part of this team and big part of what we've achieved but, of course, his role has evolved over the last few years and the technical team beneath him led by Pierre Wache, they're doing a wonderful job and so that they're not reliant on Adrian," Horner told Autosport.
"He has the ability to come in, come out and work on other projects and I think that's part of the evolution of any team.
"I was always a big fan of Manchester United, not as a Man United fan, but of Alex Ferguson, they had [Eric] Cantona and then they just evolved.
"Red Bull is a team that, we're stronger for having Adrian with us, but of course the rest of the team is evolving."
Newey himself has assured Red Bull and his fans of his ongoing commitment in recent times.
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