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Mastermind Behind Adrian Newey’s Exit Clearly Hits a Nerve For Christian Horner

Anirban Aly Mandal

Mastermind Behind Adrian Newey's Exit Clearly Hits a Nerve For Christian Horner

Adrian Newey has played a huge role in helping Red Bull succeed since he joined the Milton-Keynes-based outfit in 2006. In 2025, however, he will leave the team. His manager and former F1 boss Eddie Jordan orchestrated his exit – something Christian Horner wasn’t pleased about.

Newey had expressed his desire to leave his role at Red Bull multiple times this year. Since then, Jordan had been working flat-out to ensure that the 65-year-old could negotiate his way out of his Red Bull contract. Horner confronted Jordan about this, the first chance he got.

As reported by Formula Passion, Jordan told his Formula for Success co-host, David Coulthard,

“Do you know what he called me when he found this? First of all, his jaw was close to the ground, and it’s a pretty big jaw, but he called me: ‘Ah, Eddie, you’re a f**ker, silent killer ‘ .”

Rumors of Newey wanting to leave Red Bull grew stronger ever since the controversy surrounding Christian Horner emerged. After weeks and months of speculation, Newey and Red Bull finally made the exit official.

Red Bull publicly insists that their internal restructuring will ensure that they don’t miss Newey too much. But McLaren CEO Zak Brown feels that the 65-year-old leaving the Austrian stable will create a domino effect.

Christian Horner may lose more people to the toxic Red Bull environment

Horner was under investigation, owing to a former female employee of Red Bull filing a complaint for inappropriate behavior against the British boss. The grievances against him were dismissed, but the mood within was still grim.

Brown believes that Newey’s exit will trigger a series of resignations in the months moving forward. As quoted by, the American said,

My guess is [that Adrian Newey leaving] is not the last, based on the resumes that are flying around. Red Bull is a pretty toxic environment with everything that’s been going on. There is more to come.” 

Three-time World Champion Max Verstappen too, is reportedly frustrated with the situation behind the scenes at Red Bull. Because of the same, he was, and still is, linked with a move to Mercedes.

Brown’s comments could be an ominous prediction that has come to fruition this season. With instability creeping into Milton Keynes, the team has already lost its dominant grip on the championship as the likes of Ferrari and McLaren have started to catch up.

Post Edited By:Somin Bhattacharjee

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Anirban Aly Mandal

Anirban Aly Mandal


Anirban Aly Mandal is an F1 writer at The SportsRush, with over 1000 articles under his belt, Anirban's love for F1 started when he discovered a copy of F1 2014 on his computer. With over half a decade's worth of time spent religiously following the sport, he’s dived deep into the world of motorsports. However, Anirban's expertise goes beyond just writing - he has also written several academic papers focused on the domain of motorsports and the law. His passion for the sport is so immense that he aspires to work as a legal advisor in the most prestigious racing series in the world someday. When it comes to Formula 1, Anirban finds great pleasure in re-watching classic races and idolizes the likes of Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, and Sebastian Vettel. His top picks include Brazil '91, Silverstone '92, and Germany '19. Outside of the sport, Anirban is an avid sim racer, often found racing on titles like Assetto Corsa, F1 22, and Automobilista. Apart from his interests in gaming, Anirban has a keen interest in philosophy, literature and music.

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