Increasing speculation is placing McLaren technical director Adrian Newey at Red Bull Racing in the near future, with the designer apparently keen to make a move to the Milton Keynes based squad which he very nearly undertook when it was the Jaguar name above the door.

Newey is currently contracted to McLaren until the beginning of 2006, but has voiced his desires to experience new challenges in the past. In 2001, he was on the very brink of joining the then named Jaguar Racing - where friend Bobby Rahal was then in charge - before being lured back to the McLaren fold, where he has been since a 1997 switch from Williams.

While there has been no word from the man himself, or his current employer, Red Bull is confident that the aero expert will be working in Milton Keynes next season.

"Red Bull Racing is delighted to announce that Adrian Newey will join the team as chief technical officer at the end of February 2006," an official statement claimed.

Should Newey swap squads, both teams will have plenty of work to do, with McLaren working for the season with a Newey-designed car, and Newey operating on a Ferrari-powered car designed by Red Bull Racing's existing squad.


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