Formula One team Red Bull have given Adrian Newey, their chief technical officer, his own Formula One car. Last year’s RB5 F1 car was given as a thank you gift for turning the Red Bull outfit into a title-chasing team.
The Formula One racing car was handed over at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last Friday. Newey drove it up the famous hill at Goodwood and said he was overcome by the gesture and intended to make good use of the car.
“The plan now is to club together with some other guys I know who are lucky enough to have cars and hire a circuit, preferably a modern one, with a bit of run off where I can enjoy driving the car without worrying about having a spin in front of a crowd.”
Adrian Newey graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics, which officially makes him a rocket scientist. In the 80′s he designed the March car Rick Mears won the 1984 Indy 500 with. Newey entered Formula One in 1990 and two years later designed one of the all-time dominant F1 cars, the Williams FW14B, which gave Nigel Mansell his world title in 1992. Three more men would drive Newey cars to world titles in the ‘90s: Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve and Mika Häkkinen.
Newey joined the Red Bull F1 team in 2006 and his third car for the team – the RB5 of last year – was a strong contender for the title. The RB6, successor for the 2010 season, looks even faster and with drivers Vettel and Webber lying 3rd and 4th in the championship there’s still a chance for victory.