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Ainslie not trying to poach Newey for America's Cup

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Sir Ben Ainslie says he is not trying to poach Adrian Newey from Red Bull to get involved with an America's Cup team.

Newey is known to be a fan of sailing and has been linked with a move in to yacht design when he leaves Red Bull. After Ainslie won the America's Cup with American team Oracle in 2013 he stated his desire to set up a British challenger and referenced Newey as a potential part of the project. While Ainslie says he has been in contact with Newey he added that it wasn't in an attempt to recruit his services full-time.

"Adrian is a big sailing fan," Ainslie told BBC Radio 5 Live. "We had a great catch-up, but Adrian is committed to F1 for the foreseeable future.

"There's the potential for him perhaps to get involved, cast his eye over our design team and what we're looking at doing. To have the advice of Adrian - or many of the very smart people involved with the F1 industry in the UK - would be a great boost for us as a team.

"He is clearly a genius in anything to do with competitive design, and he's got a great profile, but I would hate for anyone to think we were trying to prise him away from Red Bull Racing."

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