Ferrari F1 team says it never approached Adrian Newey
|By Ben Anderson||Thursday, June 12th 2014, 10:23 GMT|
Ferrari did not make an approach to sign Formula 1 design wizard Adrian Newey from rival team Red Bull, according to new team principal Marco Mattiacci.
The Scuderia was reported to have sounded out Red Bull's chief technical officer about a multi-million dollar move to Maranello, but Newey ended speculation about his future at last weekend's Canadian Grand Prix by committing to a new deal with Red Bull.
The designer of the last four world championship-winning F1 cars admitted he has grown frustrated with the restrictive nature of modern F1 rules, so will step back from a full- time F1 role to focus as-yet-unspecified special technological projects with Red Bull, but will still be involved in F1 design in a reduced capacity.
The new deal, announced in Montreal last Sunday morning, means Newey will not be free to decamp to a rival squad, such as Ferrari.
But despite suggestions that Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo made an approach to Newey about joining the Scuderia, the Italian squad's new team principal Mattiacci denied any such approach had been made.
"Why disappointing?" Mattiacci told AUTOSPORT when asked if it was bad news for Ferrari that Newey had re-signed for Red Bull amid the Scuderia's drive to improve its own fortunes after a difficult start to the season.
"As I said in Monte Carlo we never contacted Adrian. It's good that he continues to work with Red Bull."