I’ve seen two references to Adrian Newey being spied on recently which piqued my interest.
This quote from Newey was in a round-up in June:
“Perhaps the most outrageous example of gamesmanship I came across was when a team planted an engineer at one of my former teams for a year.
“He was a mole and then the other team took him back, and I am even told that during that time he was getting two salaries.
“I think we have had an example of that too at Red Bull, although perhaps that was slightly less clear-cut. It is a bit like double agents.”
And now this in (a very interesting) column by Mark Hughes in this week’s Autosport:
Adrian Newey has forged ahead [at Red Bull], his technical imagination unrestrained by the restrictions imposed on him at McLaren – where a ‘mole’ from the technical team would relay Newey plans to [Martin] Whitmarsh, who would then frequently temper the more legally ambitious of them.
I guess if you’re going to spy on anyone in Formula 1 it would be Adrian Newey. So I wonder who’s spying on him at the moment…