Christian Horner says Adrian Newey could be tempted to return full-time to F1 if there is a regulation change in future.
Newey has taken on a different role at Red Bull this season, combining his F1 duties as part of the design team with projects for Red Bull Advanced Technologies. Horner says Newey - who was present at the first test at Jerez - is splitting his time 50:50 between the two areas but says a new set of regulations could bring him back in to the team.
“He’s still very motivated, you can see that,” Horner said. “So if the regulations change and become a little bit more open and more enticing then perhaps that will whet his appetite to get further involved.
“But I think he’s at a stage in his career and life where he’s enjoying the prospect of a couple of new challenges as well, but at heart he’s still a racer, still very passionate about Formula One and still extremely competitive.”
Newey penned four consecutive championship-winning cars for Red Bull from 2010-2013 before the latest set of regulations saw Mercedes dominate last year, with Red Bull’s competitiveness hampered by the Renault power unit.