Adrian Newey has admitted he is “flattered” by Lewis Hamilton’s comments regarding the possibility of the legendary designer joining him at Ferrari next season.

​​​​​​Red Bull announced on Wednesday that Newey was stepping back from his role as chief technical officer with immediate effect and will work on other projects before he is allowed to leave early next year.

Hamilton, who is leaving Mercedes to join Ferrari next season, said on Thursday that it would be “amazing” if the Italian team were able to sign Newey.

Newey, who is at this weekend’s Miami Grand Prix as he continues to work on Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar project, spoke exclusively to Sky Sports F1’s Martin Brundle on Friday.

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Lewis Hamilton said Adrian Newey would be an amazing addition to Ferrari after the chief technical officer confirmed his exit from Red Bull this week

“F1 is all consuming. I’ve been at it for a long time now,” Newey said.

“2021 was a really busy year because of the tight battle with Mercedes, through the championship and at the same time, putting all the research into the RB18 [the 2022 car].

“There comes a point where I just felt, as Forrest Gump said, ‘I’m feeling a little bit tired’.

“It’s very kind of Lewis to say that. I’m very flattered. At the moment, it’s just take a bit of a break and see what happens next.”

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Sky Sports F1’s live Miami GP schedule

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Managing partner of the 2024 Miami GP Tom Garfinkel tells Sky Sports’ Craig Slater the improvements they have made to the track and it’s surroundings to improve the experience for both competitors and spectators

Saturday May 4
3.25pm: F1 Academy Qualifying
4pm: Miami GP Sprint (race starts at 5pm)
6.30pm: Ted’s Sprint Notebook
7.05pm: F1 Academy Race 1
8pm: Miami GP Qualifying build-up*
9pm: Miami GP Qualifying*
11pm: Ted’s Qualifying Notebook*

Sunday May 5
6.05pm: F1 Academy Race 2
7.30pm: Grand Prix Sunday Miami GP build-up*
9pm: The MIAMI GRAND PRIX*
11pm: Chequered Flag: Miami GP reaction*
Midnight: Ted’s Notebook*

*also live on Sky Sports Main Event

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