Adrian Newey hospitalised in crash

2010 F1 season

Adrian Newey has been taken to hospital for precautionary checks following a crash at Snetterton

The Red Bull technical director was competing in a Ginetta G50 race supporting the British Touring Car Championship at the Norfolk circuit.

The race was red-flagged after his crash in which two other cars made contact with his G50. He was removed from the car on a stretcher.

Newey, designer of the championship-leading RB6 which has won six races this year, was appearing in the race as a guest driver.

He was also involved in a crash while racing in the Le Mans classic in 2006. Earlier this year Red Bull presented him with a 2009 RB5 to thank him for his work for the team.

Read more: Newey given RB5 at Goodwood

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30 comments on Adrian Newey hospitalised in crash

  1. scunnyman (@scunnyman) said on 8th August 2010, 14:36

    Not saying it was his fault, but maybe Mr. Newey should stick to designing cars???

  2. Newey is such a racer. Hope he’s ok.

  3. Younger Hamilton said on 8th August 2010, 14:44

    Hope his alright,he has designed one of the best and fastest but unreliable car in F1 i have to give him a huge amount of respect to him.Its really interesting to seeing a tecnical director race as well as design cars.

    • Jez Playense said on 8th August 2010, 16:19

      He has designed many F1 championship winning cars. Have a look at Wiki, its a good source of info.

  4. MouseNightshirt said on 8th August 2010, 15:17

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Let’s hope he’s not as fragile as his cars usually are…

  5. Hope he’ll be okay.

  6. GeeMac said on 8th August 2010, 15:34

    So drivers go off and do triathlons on their holidays, and the designers go racing…something wrong there!

    Wishing you a speedy recovery Mr Newey…

  7. Damon said on 8th August 2010, 16:41

    At 51 years old, your body is not able to endure as much as it used to. Let’s hope he’s okey.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 8th August 2010, 20:45

      I understood he was taken to hospital only for checkups. He should be back in the office after the end of the summer shut down period.

      He might even fancy giving his own RB5 a spin on track before that!

  8. Nixon (@nixon) said on 8th August 2010, 17:10

    Lets hope he gets well soon, but i think at 51 he is a tad too old to be racing.

    • TomD11 (@tomd11) said on 8th August 2010, 20:04

      He’s not that old – Fangio was only 5 years younger than that when he won his final title.

      • Mike said on 9th August 2010, 7:18

        I’d be very surprised if Newey stopped,
        As dangerous as it it is, he is a racer, it just happens he is also a multiple championship winning designer as well :/

    • LewisC said on 10th August 2010, 12:07

      Plenty of people older than that race regularly, especially in classic series.

      Sir Stirling Moss being merely a well-known example.

  9. Calum said on 8th August 2010, 17:47

    Get well soon.

    If he is off work for a while, it will finally get across my message that there is more than just Adrian Newey working on designing the RB6 car, there is in fact a whole group of qualified designers getting no credit.

    • Yeap I certainly hope he is okay.

      Although Adrian Newey is a very important part of the design team, he’s only one piece of the team. It would be a safe bet to say that he doesn’t design every single component of the car. Truth be told he is probably responsible for the overall concept of the car, and assessing the validity of new ideas that the engineers working under him come up with.

  10. Jordan said on 8th August 2010, 17:58

    Lets hope his body isnt as flexible as his Red Bull is lol :) hope he is ok :)

  11. Electrolite said on 8th August 2010, 18:10

    I think it’s great to see a 51 year old racing, hats off to the guy.

  12. John H said on 8th August 2010, 21:59

    Great, but he was way too early on the brakes there and hence was kind of responsible for the crash.

    51.. I mean, how old is too old?

    • sato113 said on 9th August 2010, 14:09

      no the guy behind newey only pulled out to defend from the car behind him. but he locked up and hit newey.

  13. spawinte said on 8th August 2010, 22:49

    I was about to comment about Mansell competing at Le Mans at age 56 but that didn’t end well either….

    • Daffid said on 8th August 2010, 23:42

      :D Yeah, but that wasn’t Nige’s fault, and the way he bounced back was pretty impressive. Only sign of concussion was saying on live Television that he wanted lewis or jensen to win when he was a steward for the race! ;p

      But Fittipaldi finished third at the Indy 500 at 48. Ok, he was a proper driver, but the 500 is a bit tougher and more dangerous than G50s. And Fangio was still pretty tasty in his middle years when the cars were quite a handful to say the least.

      • Paul Newman finished second in Le Mans in 1979 aged 54, and 3rd overall (winning his category) at the 24h of Daytona 1995 aged 70.

  14. Daffid said on 8th August 2010, 23:30

    That’s got to be some of the worst TV coverage and commentary I’ve seen in years. All they do is talk about, and the camera focuses on, one car and driver, no mention of Newey’s car at all, they act like it was a one car crash.

  15. I hope he is ok. This guy is a F1 genius and the true and real star in Red Bull campaign!

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