Newey takes different objective

McLaren technical director Adrian Newey has said his objective is to restructure the engineering side of the team so people are less dependent on him. Newey, an aerodynamics specialist, has been in Formula One for nearly 20 years and in 2001 he...

McLaren technical director Adrian Newey has said his objective is to restructure the engineering side of the team so people are less dependent on him. Newey, an aerodynamics specialist, has been in Formula One for nearly 20 years and in 2001 he said he was perhaps ready to look outside the sport for further challenges. Although he stayed on at McLaren -- despite Jaguar trying to tempt him away last year -- the renowned designer is hoping to take more of a background role.

"I think I have been able to show I know how to build winning cars," Newey said. "Now my objective is to restructure McLaren. At the moment my main task isn't to design the chassis, but to create a team of engineers that is less dependent on me. I'd like to create a structure where my role won't be so important, so I can offer advice when it's required. The big teams now have more than 100 engineers, so technical departments can't be run like they were in the past, and single individuals with competence in every area aren't needed any more."

Recently McLaren boss Ron Dennis confirmed that the team had been in talks with Arrows technical director Mike Coughlan. Coughlan is currently on leave from the Leafield team and is rumoured to be joining McLaren in the autumn. Dennis commented that although there had been discussion, Coughlan could not be seriously considered until his contract with Arrows had been negotiated.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Adrian Newey
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