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Ferrari set to launch shock move for Adrian Newey?

May 11, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

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Red Bull technical guru Adrian Newey has remained coy when asked about rumors linking him with a big-money move to Ferrari in the near future.

Paddock speculation has suggested that Ferrari has offered Newey – the finest car designer in Formula 1 – a huge salary to leave four-time champions Red Bull and move to Italy. The team has been struggling in recent years with its car, and president Luca di Montezemolo is growing increasingly frustrated with the on-track displays.

In the Spanish Grand Prix today, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen came home in sixth and seventh place respectively. It also marks one year since the team last won a race, which is its longest drought since 1994.

So would Newey really leave Red Bull and take up the challenge of reviving Ferrari’s fortunes?

“There’s always rumors, isn’t there?” he told Sky Sports. “What can I say? It’s the silly season.

“We’re all under contract, so at some point I’ve got to think about the future, but my focus at the moment is trying to get back on top of those silver cars.”

Christian Horner also spoke to a number of media outlets, and was certain that Newey would remain with the team. However, should Ferrari put enough money on the table, it would take a lot for the aerodynamicist to turn down the most famous team in the sport.

For now though, it’s nothing but a rumor. F1’s silly season has a habit of rearing its head over the summer, but it appears to have come into force a bit earlier this year. Fernando Alonso has even been linked with a move to Mercedes across the course of the weekend, but all parties have rejected this notion when asked.

Nevertheless, Ferrari might see Newey as the man who could finally deliver a car that will take Alonso to his third world championship.

  1. redrock81 - May 11, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Isn’t Rory Byrne still design consultant for Ferrari?

  2. techmeister1 - May 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    It’s unfortunate that Ferrari is unable to identify what their internal design issues are. It’s not like they are lacking top people or resources. Newey always delivers a top notch car design but the cheating mentality at Red B.S. Racing is a disgrace. Even with their cheating they can’t keep pace with Mercedes.

    I’ll bet that a lot of Mercedes success is due to Ross Brawn so it should be interesting to see if Mercedes can maintain their performance over the next few years. Ferrari should hire Brawn again but I’m not expecting that to happen. Ferrari would have to admit they made a mistake by letting him go and they aren’t about to do that.

    • raayn2000 - May 12, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      They hired Kimi back…

  3. testover6370 - May 12, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    At Red Bull Newey seems to have a lot of freedom to implement his ideas. Ferrari and their political structure might be more confining. Ferrari has all the resources they could want, so the culture is probably more at issue there, and hiring one star won’t change that.

    • techmeister1 - May 12, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      I doubt design freedom has anything to do with the problem. Ferrari not only wants to win they need to win. If they knew how to deliver a winning F1 car, they would have done it the past 5 seasons. On occasion they have been semi-competitive but other teams even smaller teams are delivering better cars or bigger performance improvements race-to-race. The problem wasn’t Domenicali.

      Ferrari reiterates that they are taking a pragmatic, professional approach to resolving the performance issues and that’s as it should be but they are not able to deliver the results they need soon enough. They have had considerable personnel changes and updated facilities and still the same lack of performance exists. It certainly is NOT due to a lack of effort or capabilities of those involved so they really need to understand where their major issues lie. I am aware they keep trying to determine this but something in the analysis seems to be amiss to me.

      It didn’t take Ross Brawn long to whip Honda nor Mercedes in to dominant F1 entities after leaving Ferrari as a dominant F1 force. I think they need someone like Brawn to do a complete assessment of their F1 operation. The new guy Mattiacci may be able to help but their in simply no substitute for F1 experience from a winning team leader.

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