Red Bull designer Adrian Newey has insisted that he will not have to take on any greater responsibility within the organisation following Geoff Willis' unexpected departure ahead of the German Grand Prix.
The former Williams, BAR and Honda designer had formed a solid working relationship with Newey, having been hired to bridge the gap between the latter's sometimes radical design ideas and the workshop, ensuring the construction of the increasingly competitive Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso cars proceeded smoothly.
RBR confirmed Willis' departure late on Friday, stating simply that his position had been 'made redundant' and revealing that he would not be replaced, but Newey insisted that his own role would not be affected within the structure of either RBR or Red Bull Technologies.
"My role and my daily way of operating will stay exactly the same as it is," he emphasised, "What does change, perhaps, is that we have five very senior people in the next level down and I will be expecting them to take on more responsibility for their individual engineering departments and really run that in a way which means that we don't actually need a single technical director."
Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel maintained Red Bull's run of form in free practice for the German Grand Prix, with the Australian topping the Friday morning times and Vettel taking second fastest time of the day behind Lewis Hamilton in the quicker afternoon outing.