Adrian Newey has been rumoured about switching to the Renault Sport Formula One Team next year, but he stop short to deny those claims about leaving the Red Bull team at end of season.
Newey has been talked about leaving the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing at the end of his current contract, ending at the end of 2018, and is being linked to be joining Renault to help team’s rise through the Formula 1 ranks.
The famous Formula 1 designer has been part of the Red Bull team since mid-2006 when Dr Helmut Marko poached him from the super-strong – at the time – McLaren team.
“I still work with Red Bull and, through the partnership with Aston Martin, them as well,” he is quoted by Russia’s Championat when interviewed at LeMans.
“I’m at Le Mans with my son [Harrison], who is with SMP Racing, and I have nothing more to say for now.”
Renault has been rebuilding the Enstone-based team for the past two years, not including this year, and has hired Mercedes-AMG powertrain engineer Matthew Harman and former FIA technical officer Marcin Budkowski.
That has led speculation about Renault approaching Newey for a switch to the French-owned Renault Sport team, but Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn says he won’t allocate a massive budget for the team.
“Of course, if there were no budget, we would hire the best drivers in the world,” the Renault CEO said.
“But we’re not going to be the richest team. We have proven in the past that we can win while not being the ones who spend the most money or have the best drivers.”
Ghosn also recalled the team’s previous success when Renault won back-to-back championships in 2005 and 2006 but added that he hopes the team can to replicate it with the same intent of a medium-size budget.
“We are preparing for our return to the top of the podium by 2020,” he added. “The goal is to win under responsible economic conditions.”
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