Newey excited by new challenge

Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:25pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

NEW DEHLI (Reuters) - Red Bull designer Adrian Newey's decision to join Red Bull from McLaren in 2006 has paid off fourfold but still he wants more.

After the Milton Keynes-based Formula One team and Germany's Sebastian Vettel racked up a quadruple double - four successive drivers' and constructors' championships - at the Indian Grand Prix on Sunday, Newey is already focused on trying to make it five.

Rivals might wish he took a sabbatical, switched to designing racing yachts for an Americas' Cup challenge or worked for them but Newey has no such plans at present.

"It's been an amazing ride," he told reporters at the Buddh International Circuit after Vettel became the youngest four times champion at the age of 26.

"When I joined Red Bull it was kind of a bit of a career risk to leave an established team like McLaren and join an upstart team sponsored by a fizzy drink company.

"But it's been incredibly satisfying. it's kind of schoolboy comic stuff, really. I love working with the team, I love working with my colleagues at the team, I find the environment very stimulating.

"Next year we have this big regulation change which is exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. So that's my immediate concentration. After that we'll have to see."

Newey-designed cars have now won 10 constructor's championships in total with three separate teams - five with Williams from 1992 to 1997 and one with McLaren in 1998.   Continued...

Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (R) sprays Red Bull technical chief Adrian Newey after the Indian F1 Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi