Red Bull’s immediate Adrian Newey action, Verstappen damage discovered – F1 news round-up

Jamie Woodhouse
Red Bull F1 design guru Adrian Newey in front of the Formula 1 logo.

Red Bull F1 design guru Adrian Newey.

Hot off the heels of a memorable Miami Grand Prix, it is time to bring you up to speed with the latest major Formula 1 headlines.

Just like heading into the race weekend, Adrian Newey’s name continues to be at the centre of F1 chatter, while Red Bull has confirmed that damage was found on Max Verstappen’s car at the end of a race won by Lando Norris, his first ever F1 victory. Let us dive into the action…

Adrian Newey out in cold over Red Bull data

The bombshell announcement dropped ahead of the Miami Grand Prix that Red Bull’s design guru Newey will leave “after the first quarter of 2025”, though his involvement on the Formula 1 side is already over.

And team principal Christian Horner would explain how the process of restricting Newey’s access is underway, including access to data now being denied.

Read more – Red Bull take immediate Adrian Newey action with big departure now confirmed

Max Verstappen floor damage discovered

Red Bull has dominated Formula 1’s ground effect era with Newey overseeing design of their record-shattering challengers, though Verstappen could not notch up another win in Miami, with Norris instead triumphing for the first time.

But, while there was no doubting the pace Norris had, Horner has revealed that Verstappen was carrying floor damage, possibly as a result of his rare mistake at the chicane, while Sergio Perez may have also added an extra “scratch” for good measure.

Read more – Full extent of Max Verstappen car damage comes to light after two Miami GP incidents

‘Ballsy’ Max Verstappen response to Safety Car question

With Norris having gone longer on his opening stint than those around him, the timing of the Safety Car – deployed after Kevin Magnussen and Logan Sargeant collided – could not have come at a better time as Norris pitted and maintained the lead.

Verstappen was in no mood though to debate whether or not that handed Norris the win, using an “if my mum had balls” analogy to get his point across.

Read more – ‘If my mum had balls…’ – Max Verstappen’s hilarious response to burning Safety Car question

Blunt Lewis Hamilton response to Mercedes ‘fourth-fastest’ claim

While P6 was the best that Hamilton could manage in Miami, he was nonetheless happy with how his race went, especially as he was able to keep the pressure on Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in his final stint, while Sergio Perez was not far up the road either.

Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate George Russell meanwhile was a little more downbeat, casting his verdict that Mercedes are “the fourth-fastest team at the moment”. Hamilton saw little reason to make such a claim.

Read more – Lewis Hamilton gives blunt response to Mercedes ‘fourth fastest’ F1 team assessment

Toto Wolff delivers ‘good news’ on Lewis Hamilton pace

And with Hamilton in an optimistic mood, the same was true for Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, who took plenty of encouragement from Hamilton’s data which showed him matching Perez’s times on the medium tyre.

Our data analysis from the Miami Grand Prix revealed Hamilton’s mean lap time on the medium compound to be a 1:31.7 over the 25-lap stint. Perez, who ditched his hard tyres under the Safety Car having stopped eight laps previously, also ran the mediums to the end for a 25-lap stint and his mean time was also 1:31.7.

Read more – Toto Wolff’s ‘good news’ as Lewis Hamilton data reveals more on Red Bull pace