Helmut Marko admits that Adrian Newey – Red Bull’s current Formula 1 technical director – remains a vital part of the organisation, although other great talents have emerged in recent years internally.
Red Bull’s motorsport advisor Helmut Marko says Red Bull can draw on a wide range of engineering talent, but according to the Austrian, technical director Adrian Newey remains a key player in Milton Keynes.
With Red Bull locked in a fierce battle with Mercedes this season and aiming for both the drivers’ and constructors’ world titles, the Milton Keynes-based team’s technical director Adrian Newey has divided his attention between the 2021 car and the 2022 season, despite his work being interrupted for a few weeks this year following a cycling accident in Croatia last summer.
Asked if Adrian Newey is a key part of the team’s success, Marko said: “Yes, but thank God we have a very large organisation. Newey was absent for a while because of his bicycle accident,” Helmut Marko told AMUS.
“You have to know that Newey is a competitor. When he sees that we have a chance to win, the motivation is completely different than when you have an engine that is 30 horsepower behind.”
“There’s no one who has as much experience, who has won as many world titles. The overall package that Newey brings is always essential. For the other engineers too, whether it’s in aerodynamics or other departments, Newey is a figurehead.”
The Austrian also gave an update on Red Bull Powertrains (the company set up by Red Bull to run its own engine from 2022) in terms of recruitment, expecting its new engine department to be up and running by next spring.
“We have a very good base in terms of structure, but we are still one or two positions short. We have not only brought in people from Mercedes, but also others,” he explained.
Ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – the penultimate round of the 2021 world championship – the Red Bull team is five points behind Mercedes in the constructors’ championship.