Pierre Wache Unfazed By Replacing Adrian Newey At Red Bull

IMOLA, ITALY - MAY 19: Pierre Wache, Chief Engineer of Performance Engineering at Oracle Red Bull Racing looks on from the grid prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia-Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari Circuit on May 19, 2024 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202405190299 // Usage for editorial use only //
IMOLA, ITALY - MAY 19: Pierre Wache, Chief Engineer of Performance Engineering at Oracle Red Bull Racing looks on from the grid prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia-Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari Circuit on May 19, 2024 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202405190299 // Usage for editorial use only //

Pierre Wache has denied feeling the “pressure” of effectively replacing Adrian Newey as Red Bull’s top technical guru.

Although Wache was already serving as technical director before Newey’s departure, team figures have assured that Red Bull will remain competitive under the guidance of the 49-year-old French engineer. Wache acknowledged that Newey has already been excluded from Red Bull’s technical meetings moving forward.

“It doesn’t matter about your name,” Wache said at Imola. “The risk of picking up some current IP on the car, and the future car even more, makes us take very careful steps.”

Adrian Newey, 65, is now tipped to join Ferrari next year, potentially influencing their all-new car for 2026. This transition might suggest significant pressure on Wache to fill the void left by one of the most renowned F1 designers.

“We have pressure every day in our profession,” Wache told journalist Gaetan Vigneron and the Belgian broadcaster RTBF at Imola. “I don’t see it like that. It’s just an important person who is leaving and we have to adapt. We had already worked on the team to take this aspect into account but it doesn’t change much for me if it is said that I am replacing him. What matters is how we deliver performance on the track and how we work together to achieve the best result.”

As Wache steps into a more prominent role at Red Bull, the team’s focus remains on maintaining and enhancing their competitive edge in the highly demanding world of Formula 1.

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