Formula 1’s most coveted design guru Adrian Newey has played down reports claiming that he is thinking about a switch to Ferrari.
Two weeks ago in Barcelona, Formula 1’s most highly paid and rated engineer sounded equivocal amid reports that Ferrari are prepared to ‘break the bank’ to lure him from Red Bull.
But in a short statement ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, Newey said: “I remain committed to Red Bull for the foreseeable future.”
When asked earlier this month if he will see out his Formula 1 career with Red Bull, the 55-year-old Briton told Sky television: “I don’t know. I need to think about it. At some point I am going to have to think about the future, but at the moment my focus is getting in front of the silver cars.”
World champion Sebastian Vettel was also asked about Newey on Wednesday, and while stressing that Red Bull wants him to stay, he also said the Milton-Keynes based team is not a one-man band.
“He is one of the key people in the team,” said the German. “There are other people too. It is wrong to give the credit only to Adrian, as he would tell you himself.”
“We like him in our team, so yes,” added Vettel, when asked if he wants Newey to stay. “It’s a story in the end. How much truth there is in it, we may find out, we may not.” (GMM)
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