Newey in Williams link

The future of star F1 design ace Adrian Newey became the subject of speculation in the Hungaroring paddock after reports that Williams is looking to lure him back. Newey defected from Williams to McLaren in 1997

Newey in Williams link

Frank Williams admitted that they would 'certainly have a look' if Newey, whose McLaren contract extends to July 2005, should be available. Newey, of course, is a specialist aerodynamicist and, coincidentally, the stories come at the same time as Williams has chosen to abandon its radical 'walrus' nose on its FW26 in Hungary.

Newey is not in Hungary but McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh said that although Newey's contract expires next year, there is a prior notice period in which the designer is obliged to inform the team if he does not intend to extend it.

Speaking more specifically about Newey's current state of mind, Whitmarsh explained: "He's given me and Ron (Dennis) the impression that he's happy. Do I believe he's going to go to another F1 team, no, I don't believe he would. But would he take time out or perhaps step back a bit, he may do. But at the moment he is fully focused and working hard on next year's car."

Newey has previously been linked with an ambition to become involved in the design of an America's Cup yacht.

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