How do Formula 1 teams spend their summer vacations? If you’re Red Bull tech guru Adrian Newey, you go racing. Newey participated in a British Touring Car Championship event at Snetterton, in the UK, last Sunday. During the race, he was spun by one car and T-boned by another. As a result of the incident, he was hospitalized after the race.
Newey had been driving a Ginetta G50 in the race, and Ginetta chairman Lawrence Tomlinson later issued the following statemen to the media: “Adrian has been taken to a local hospital as a precautionary measure after being clipped by Julien Draper of Barwell Motorsport which caused Tony Hughes of Speedworks to have a side on collision with Newey’s DynoJet car,” said Tomlinson. It’s testament to the strength of the G50 roll cage that the car withstood heavy impact and there were no serious injuries.”
A spokesman for Newey has said that Newey will spend the remainder of the week resting, but apparently the Red Bull tech director’s injuries are limited to a bruised arm.
Like many people involved in racing in a capacity which doesn’t typically place them inside the cockpit, Newey has often exhibited an urge to test himself behind the wheel in his off hours. Moreover, this isn’t the first time Newey has explored his personal limits as a driver and gone a bit past them. In 2006, he wrecked a classic 1965 Ford GT 40 in a Le Mans Legends race, and he also wrecked a Jaguar E Type car at a Goodwood Revival event. In 2007, he was one of the pilots of the AF Corse Ferrari F430 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in which his team finished 22nd overall and 4th in class.
Hopefully, for Red Bull, he hasn’t injured his designing arm in his latest racing incident.