Has Newey's F1 absence been the cause of problems for Verstappen and the Red Bull garage?

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Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko and Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull Racing look on at the podium during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 09, 2020 in Northampton, England.
Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko and Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull Racing look on at the podium during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 09, 2020 in Northampton, England.
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Helmut Marko has revealed Adrian Newey couldn't work for multiple weeks following a bike crash and has immediately found set-up issues upon his return.

As the Chief Technical Officer, Newey is a crucial figure at Red Bull and has been a considerable part of the team's success over the years.

Such success has continued this year, with Max Verstappen leading the Drivers' Championship by six points with six rounds to go.

As it turns out, though, Newey has been absent in recent times after sustaining injuries in a bike crash and needing multiple operations.

Marko confirmed this and said the team felt such an absence."We are well-positioned, but of course Newey is the figurehead," the Austrian told Sky Deutschland.

"And his absence just from motivation is seen, and in the early stages, we didn't know how serious the injury is. He had to go through several operations."

Adrian Newey
Adrian Newey, Red Bull's Technical chief.

While they got a double podium last time out, things haven't been going too well for Red Bull in recent rounds, with Mercedes seeming to have stronger machinery in both Russia and Turkey.

Newey's return could lead to improved fortunes, though he already identified set-up problems since returning to work and planned to discuss them with Verstappen at the team headquarters.

"He is now not fully fit but is ready to do his job and has immediately recognised the difficulties we had here [Turkey] in terms of set-up," Marko added.

"There will be a meeting with Verstappen in the upcoming week in Milton Keynes so that we are back on top in terms of the chassis."

Newey has recently been linked with a move to Aston Martin, with him apparently on the team's radar who have hired Martin Whitmarsh.However, Christian Horner says he's not going anywhere and has even signed a new contract with his current employer.

"Adrian is happy with us and has extended his contract," Horner confirmed.

"He spent 16 years at Red Bull, loves our approach to work and remains super motivated."

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