Exclusive: Williams in talks to sign Newey

Williams has emerged as a surprise candidate to sign Adrian Newey. RacingNews365 can exclusively reveal.

Following confirmation on Wednesday that Newey will leave Red Bull at the end of this season after 19 years of service, speculation has largely linked the most successful designer in F1 history with a move to Ferrari.

Ahead of this weekend’s Miami Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton made no secret of his desire for Ferrari to sign Newey in his bid to become an eight-time F1 champion when he joins the Scuderia next season.

It is understood, however, that despite Ferrari’s willingness to spend big money to sign Newey and conclude a venture years in the making after failed attempts to recruit his services, the 65-year-old is entrenched in his view that He has no desire to move to Italy.

With Aston Martin also courting Newey, and with financial resources at their disposal, the two powers would appear to be in a tug of war to land the most wanted man in F1 today.

RacingNews365 However, it has emerged that Williams team principal James Vowles has also held talks with Newey to persuade him to return to an organization where he won the first of his 25 combined constructors’ and drivers’ titles.

After beginning his extraordinary career with March in 1988, Newey moved to Williams three years later and built the team into the dominant force of the early 1990s, when its cars won constructors’ titles for three consecutive years, from 1992 to 1994, and again in 1996, although during that season he had been granted gardening leave before moving to McLaren.

Under Newey, Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill won their only drivers’ titles with Williams in 1992 and 1996 respectively, while Alain Prost became a four-time champion in 1993.

‘Our door is always open’

Although Williams may not possess the financial clout of Ferrari and Aston Martin, Vowles received the blessing of owners Dorilton Capital to lure Newey back to Grove and potentially return the team to the front of the grid after years in the wilderness.

Vowles has made a considerable impression on the team since his appointment early last year following his move from Mercedes, guiding Williams to seventh place in the constructors’ championship, their highest position since 2017.

While talks are understood to have started positively, Vowles knows he faces the task of winning over Newey given he is in the long-term process of rebuilding Williams’ aging infrastructure that is years behind its rivals.

The new power unit regulations for 2026 at least offer all teams a blank sheet of paper and the chance to establish themselves at the front of a field currently dominated by a Newey-inspired Red Bull.

Newey could still enjoy the opportunity to restore the good name of a team where it all began for him, one that is close to home and where he would be allowed free rein, unlike Ferrari, where he could be stymied by complicated infrastructure. , and at Aston Martin, where owner Lawrence Stroll pulls the strings tightly over his staff.

Williams driver Alex Albon, who worked with Newey at Red Bull, sees no reason why Vowles couldn’t attract him to the team.

“It will be interesting to see his next move,” Albon said. “I’m sure all the teams are chasing him to try to get hold of him.

“Whatever he chooses, whether it’s retiring or competing, I wish him all the best. And obviously, our door is always open as well.”