Red Bull’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey has recently come out and talked about the moment when he had a cycling incident that almost led to him having a brain damage injury.
A year ago Adrian Newey injured his skull after falling six feet down an embankment onto a rocky beach while he was on holiday with his wife Amanda.
The 63-year-old while cycling moved along to one side to make way for a group of children and in the process of doing so fell and incurred an injury.
The severity of the injury was only recognized the next morning as after an MRI scan it was revealed that Newey had a fractured skull and bone chip above the upper eye muscle.
Immediately after knowing the facts about his injury Newey had a conversation with Bernie Ecclestone and Christian Horner following which Newey flew back to London.
Adrian Newey gives insights into his meeting with the doctors
While talking about the incident Newey said, “The three wise men appeared at the bottom of my bed – a neurosurgeon, a maxillofacial guy, and the anesthetist.”
“With the eye, he said they’d need to act quickly or the bone could sever the eye muscle and I’d lose movement of the eye.”
Newey then asked: “Okay, what’s the risk of damage to the eye? ‘Oh, no risk‘.”
“Any risk of brain damage? ‘Oh, not much.’ Give me a percentage. ‘Five, maybe 10 percent.’ At which point I told my wife to get me out of there.”
In all this, Christian Horner and Bernie Ecclestone played crucial roles as Horner helped with the arranging of flights back to London, and Ecclestone found Newey a reputed surgeon.
During the whole fiasco, there was not a single moment when Newey thought of retiring from the Red Bull team and after having a successful surgery was back on the grid just in a month to keep tabs on the exciting Max Verstappen’s title push during the 2021 Formula One season.