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Verstappen makes ‘one-man team’ claim after ‘incredible’ Newey departure

Verstappen makes ‘one-man team’ claim after ‘incredible’ Newey departure

Verstappen makes ‘one-man team’ claim after ‘incredible’ Newey departure

Verstappen makes ‘one-man team’ claim after ‘incredible’ Newey departure

Max Verstappen has spoken about Adrian Newey's long-lasting impact at Red Bull, following the news that the team's design chief will leave his post next year.

Verstappen has worked alongside the 65-year-old since 2016, with the pair playing a vital role in Red Bull's dominance in recent years, delivering three drivers' titles and two constructors' championships together.

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With both Verstappen and Red Bull already holding sizeable advantages in this season's standings, few would bet against Newey receiving a perfect send-off in Abu Dhabi this December before he embarks on his next challenge.

Speculation has been swirling over the Brit's next destination, with Ferrari believed to be a strong favourite to secure his much sought-after signature.

Newey may team up with Lewis Hamilton at Ferrari in 2025
The design guru has been a key figure at Red Bull since 2006

Newey an F1 'legend'

Verstappen, speaking to ESPN at the Miami Grand Prix, hailed Newey's influence in creating a wonderful team spirit at Red Bull which has helped generate so much success in recent years.

“I think before Adrian even got to the team he was already a legend, so for him to start that new challenge with Red Bull, and basically what they have achieved already from the start, was truly incredible," said the 58-time race winner.

“And then of course roles evolve within a team as well, I think for him also.

"He’s always been a very strong part of the team but, at the same time, from his side as well, he became a bit more of like a mentor.

"There was so many great people coming up through the ranks as well and we really built a strong core team, so it’s not like a one-man team if you know what I mean.”

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