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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer of Oracle Red Bull Racing arrives in the Paddock on a tender prior to practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2024 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Aston Martin joins Ferrari in tug-of-war to lure Newey

aston martin MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24: Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer of Oracle Red Bull Racing arrives in the Paddock on a tender prior to practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 24, 2024 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Aston Martin may be top of the queue of Formula 1 teams eager to sign soon-to-be former Red Bull design-doyen Adrian Newey to their team.

It’s almost two months since Newey shocked the F1 world with news he was departing Red Bull. This immediately triggered fevered speculation he would follow seven-time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamiton to Ferrari.

So much so. reports abounded that 65-year-old Newey met with Ferrari team principal Fred Vasseur in London leaving the impression that the Red carpet was rolled out and ready. But F1 still waits on a decision by the man himself who is not short of options.

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As for the Aston Martin connection, one can imagine the moment Newey’s availability became a reality, billionaire boss Larence Stroll popping the question: “How much does he want?”

Apparently he wants a lot! Newey and his minders are said to have set a $30-million per annum tag for his design services which, believe it or not, even Stroll senior baulked at. However, his interest in Newey is not a new thing. And it appears to have gathered a head of steam of late.

Aston Martin allegedly cleared the factory for Lawrence Stroll to host a tour for Newey

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This week, the Telegraph reported: “Aston Martin rival Ferrari for Adrian Newey but reject £25-million ($30-million) wage demand. Red Bull’s departing chief technical officer has been courted by the Silverstone-based team but they are not willing to meet his salary demands.”

This comes amid numerous reports in UK media that Newey visited Aston Martin’s factory, hosted by Lawrence Stroll. The team HQ was reportedly all but evacuated for the occasion of the designer’s tour of the F1 team’s state-of-the-art premises near Silverstone.

Newey is not the only target in Stroll’s sights. In Italy, Formu1a.uno reported that Aston Martin’s efforts to sign Enrico Cardile, the current Ferrari Technical Director can be credited to the fact that he has led the Maranello team’s resurgence over the last twelve months. Describing an off-the-radar, but proper F1 Silly Season for race engineers.

Vasseur building a solid foundation with loyalty at Ferrari

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The report adds that Fred Vasseur deserves huge praise for not hitting the panic button after Ferrari’s poor start to 2023. He allowed Cardile and his technical team to continue their work amidst last year’s struggles. This gave the Scuderia the necessary stability to unlock huge performance over winter.

At this stage last year, with Aston Martin fighting at the front, Cardile certainly wasn’t in such high demand. However, things change quickly in Formula 1. Aston Martin made an offer to the Italian engineer. But he is will stay at Ferrari for now.

Alongside these talks, Lawrence Stroll is working to bring Adrian Newey to the team the report reveals. Aston Martin have been trying to convince Newey for several months now. This would not be possible without at least some interest from the British engineer. With their resources and agreement with Honda, they are an attractive enough destination.

Ferrari is another obvious destination for the British engineer. In the case of Ferrari, Newey would most likely serve as a kind of super consultant. The current technical department in Maranello is performing well, so uprooting it ahead of 2026 would be unwise.

Big Question: What next for Adrian Newey?