Head: Newey Return to Williams Unlikely

WilliamsF1 co-owner Patrick Head has ruled out the possibility of designer guru Adrian Newey returning to his former team once he leaves McLaren but admitted the team have talked to Newey about his future

Head: Newey Return to Williams Unlikely

Newey left Williams in 1997 to join McLaren, where he has been the technical director since. In 2001 he was set to move to Jaguar Racing, but after a preliminary agreement with then Jaguar chief Bobby Rahal, the Briton changed his mind and renewed his contract with McLaren until summer 2005.

Recently McLaren said Newey had extended his contract for another year, and when asked whether Newey could be returning to Williams after August 2006, Head said he did not see that as a realistic possibility.

"There's been a lot of speculation, but I must also say that Adrian has spoken to us several times and with more than one person," Head told Italy's Sport Auto Moto. "I think he doesn't want to always keep doing the same thing, and he is looking for a new situation for himself. Now he's extended his contract with McLaren, but only up to the end of the year.

"He could be available, but I don't know if that would be a good solution for us. His [2005] car was really well straight out of the box, and it's very interesting, but in the last three years, Williams have always beaten McLaren.

"On top of that he's used to be paid dearly and it's not Williams's practice to do that."

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