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Americas Cup: Face that launched a British ship

Duchess of Cambridge with Sir Ben Ainslie Credit: PA

The Duchess of Cambridge has helped launch the official British Americas Cup bid in London today.

She joined Sir Ben Ainslie, who will head Britain's crew at the next event in 2017.

Adrian Newey Credit: PA

But it could be one of the most familiar faces in Formula One who helps design the yacht.

Colchester-born Adrian Newey, from Red Bull Racing of Milton Keynes, has been sounded out to help Britain's bid to win yachting's America's Cup

Newey is the most successful designer in Formula One motor racing, having won world championships with Williams, McLaren and Red Bull.

The approach for Newey has come from Sir Ben Ainslie, Ainslie says that Newey is keen to help. He recently signed a new contract with Red Bull allowing him to work on new projects.