Adrian Newey has become the ultimate panacea for all Formula 1 teams, as if simply acquiring his services guarantees an endless stream of silverware, as sure as his absence condemns a squad to years in the competitive wilderness.
Ferrari does not have Newey on its side. And, given that team principal Marco Mattiacci and the man himself have downplayed the possibility of this happening, it doesn't seem likely it will any time soon.
Newey is, without question, one of the greatest technical minds motorsport has ever produced, worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with geniuses such as Colin Chapman. Any team would be improved by his presence. But two things are often overlooked.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.