May 22, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Adrian Newey has poured cold water on the rumors linking him with a big money move to Ferrari by telling journalists in Monaco that he remains committed to Red Bull for the foreseeable future.
The 55-year-old aerodynamacist has played a big part in the team’s success over the past four years, designing cars that have outclassed the rest of the field and taken Sebastian Vettel to four world championships.
However, Ferrari – who hasn’t won a world championship since 2008 – was thought to be looking to make Newey an offer that he could not refuse by tripling his Red Bull wage to come and try to revive the prancing horse’s fortunes.
When asked about the rumors in Spain, he remained coy, saying: “There’s always rumors, isn’t there? 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.”
However, this time around, Newey was quite clear that, for the time being, an offer from Ferrari would not be considered.
“I remain committed to Red Bull for the foreseeable future,” he said on Wednesday in Monaco.
This will come as a bitter blow to Ferrari, who had labelled Newey as the one person who could revive its fortunes and take it to the front of the grid. In recent years, there have been few issues with the driver line-up, with Fernando Alonso usually outclassing his mediocre car. Instead, it has been the design of the car that has cost the team a real chance of winning the championship.
However, technical director James Allison is yet to have made an impact. He was not heavily involved in the design of the F14 T after only arriving at Maranello midway through last season. 2015 will be the first year that he has greatly invested in, and it could mark an improvement by Ferrari.
It is unlikely that the Newey-to-Ferrari rumor will go away, but for the time being, it’s time to put it on the back burner.
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