The man credited with the recent success enjoyed by Red Bull Racing has admitted that he turned down an opportunity to take his abilities to Ferrari, claiming that he is not interested in simply adding the Prancing Horse as a status symbol on his CV.
Championship-winning designer Adrian Newey has confirmed that he was approached by Ferrari almost a year ago, just as his RB6 was about to embark on a double title-winning campaign, but insisted that it would take a lot to swap Milton Keynes for Maranello. Indeed, according to the BBC
, two telephone conversations between the two parties were brief enough to not even reach the point where potential salaries could be discussed.
The likelihood of Newey, who was a key capture for Red Bull as it morphed from the unsuccessful Jaguar team into the Ferrari and McLaren beater it is now, leaving the Christian Horner-led squad was highlighted in a recent interview with F1 Racing
magazine, where the 52-year old made it clear that he was 'very happy at Red Bull'
"It's flattering if people rate the work I do, but that's not why I get out of bed in the morning," he explained, "I do it because I enjoy the design challenge of F1. I've had offers from Ferrari in the past and I've considered them seriously. But F1 is a people sport, not a marque sport. Working for Ferrari just for the sake of working for Ferrari isn't something that I'm interested in."
Newey, who had previously performed a U-turn on a potential move from McLaren to Jaguar, honed his skills at Leyton House and Williams, but has also entertained the idea of quitting F1 for the world of yacht racing, where he would be able to fully realise his CFD skills. He is reported to have extended his contract with Red Bull in the wake of Ferrari's approach, and should be penning cars for Dietrich Mateschitz's team for at least another three years.
"Of course, Adrian is one of the best, if not the
best, in F1," Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali told Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport
newspaper, "We joke a lot about the possibility [of him coming to Ferrari], but I have the impression that he will stay at Red Bull."
Ferrari hasn't always been unsuccessful in attracting key people from its rivals, capping the wholesale capture of Michael Schumacher, Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne from Benetton in 1995-96 by snapping up McLaren chief engineer Pat Fry and Red Bull head of strategy Neil Martin ahead of the 2011 campaign.