Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey will soon start focusing on the 2017 aero regulations, according to team boss Christian Horner.
Newey took a step back from F1 in 2014 to focus on other projects, including Ben Ainslie's America's Cup yacht, which is now complete, and Red Bull's Aston Martin road car project, which is due to hit the road in 2018. Horner said his star designer will soon start looking at the 2017 F1 regulations, which have been agreed upon and are due to be published in full on April 30.
"Adrian will be splitting his time as last year, 50/50," Horner said. "Before too long he'll be starting to look at 2017, now that those regulations look pretty fixed. It's great to have him part of what we're doing and it's also great that the senior technical team are really asserting and establishing themselves as well."
Newey recently said his hypercar project with Aston Martin had given him the creative freedom F1 cannot offer and Horner said he could see Newey working on more road car projects in the future.
"First of all, he's got more than enough on his plate for the next two years with this road car, and beyond that there's obviously, let's see. That could evolve into further cars with Aston Martin. The ambition doesn't start and stop with one vehicle. Americas Cup we've completed the work that we were contracted to do, so our involvement in the Americas Cup is now finished. We've delivered a product that will hopefully assist them. We've now completed that assignment."