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McLaren cool on Newey departure 09 Nov 2005

Adrian Newey (GBR) McLaren Technical Director.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, San Marino Grand Prix, Practice, Imola, Italy, 22 April 2005

The announcement of Adrian Newey’s imminent move to Red Bull has come as no surprise to McLaren, who have been preparing for his exit for quite some time.

“The pressures of working for a front running Formula One team are intense and we have been aware for quite some time that Adrian was looking for a new challenge with a smaller team,” said the team in a statement. “The decision to leave McLaren was both amicable and mutual and we wish him all the best in the future.

“For the past two years Adrian has been fully involved in the restructuring of McLaren's technical team in preparation for his planned departure. This team has already worked successfully together on the MP4-20 and continues to be fully focused on the MP4-21.”

Newey, currently McLaren’s technical director, will take up his new post as Red Bull’s chief technical officer in February of next year.