Adrian Newey hospitalised in crash

2010 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

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

30 comments on “Adrian Newey hospitalised in crash”

  1. 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.

  2. 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…

    1. 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!

      1. 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 :/

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. :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.

  4. 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.

  5. Why you want to ride on other cars when your car is the fastest machine on earth & then get injured. I think this may be the last time we may see him racing this season. Now Red Bull needs to think about three drivers now.

  6. Age really only becomes a serious factor in certain series, such as F1. There are plenty of racers around the world (who do it sucessfully) well PAST their 50s. Sure to remain competetive in a F1 car, being younger helps… but that doesn’t necessarily hold true for other racecars (e.g. sports cars, stock cars etc). I’ve been involved in racing for my entire adult life (about 8 years now), and I do find it interesting that so many people watch one clip of Newey crashing and assume he is not up to the task. As racers we all have incidents; I’ve had my fair share that would make me look a bit of a fool, and if I was 50+, not 26, you all might say it was my age… but mixed into those undesireable moments came quite a few wins and podiums ;)

    Newey is a racer, hats off to him for it.

  7. He seems to have a thing for crashing race cars so was it really a good idea to give him is own F1 car worth millions to go and play with on a track!!! :/
    Anyway hope you get well and drive safely :)

  8. It seems Mark Webber spoke with Newey after the crash, returning the favour from after his 2008 accident. This is what he said about it:

    “I’ve been in touch with Adrian and he’s okay,” Webber said, following the technical chief’s release from the Norwhich and Norfol hospital with a bruised arm. “In fact, he was joking about not having a flexi bed in hospital.”


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