Ainslie wants Newey for sailing team
9 January 2014 – Sir Ben Ainslie, winner of four consecutive Olympic gold sailing medals, says he hopes to get Red Bull design chief Adrian Newey involved in his bid to win the prestigious America's Cup competition with a British team.
"Adrian is a big sailing fan," Ainslie, who spoke to Newey at last year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, told BBC Radio 5 live.
"There's the potential for him perhaps to get involved, cast his eye over our design team and what we're looking at doing.
"We had a great catch-up but Adrian is committed to F1 for the foreseeable future."
Newey has long expressed an interest in the America's Cup, but he is currently contracted to Red Bull until 2017.
Ainslie led Oracle Team USA to victory last year and is now attempting to gather the required funds to put a British outfit together, with a view to bringing the event back to home soil.
Under current America's Cup rules, the winner picks the next venue, type of boats and date, which is within three to five years of the previous race.
"To have the advice of Adrian or many of the very smart people involved with Formula 1 industry in the UK would be a great boost for us as a team," Ainslie added.
"Newey 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."