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Red Bull denies Allison/Newey rumour

5 June 2013

Red Bull Racing has moved to end speculation that former Lotus technical director James Allison may be on his way to Milton Keynes.

The mystery over Allison's destination has deepened following his departure from Lotus last month, with the F1 rumour mill most recently suggesting that he may be headed for Red Bull.

The Briton, who has been on 'gardening leave' since announcing his desire to quit the Enstone team, has been variously linked to a selection of rivals including Ferrari and Williams, with the Italian outfit thought to have been the favourite to land his expertise having enjoyed a relationship earlier in Allison's career.

According to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, there was speculation that Allison may have been lined up as a potential replacement for RBR's Adrian Newey, who has made no secret of his dislike for the direction being taken by the latest F1 regulations, fearing that it could blunt his talent in favour of making engines the pivotal component. The man behind the last three world championship-winning designs is known to have interests outside of F1, having notably referred to a passion for racing yachts in seasons past, and the decision to move to turbocharged V6 engines while placing ever-increasing restrictions on other elements of F1 car design was being put forward as a potential catalyst for his departure.

“Those speculating in the paddock believe that Adrian Newey will stop at the end of 2014,” the German report suggested, “The design genius often expresses his frustration with the increasingly restricted regulations, and fears that the new turbo era will make F1 an engine formula.”

Allison was replaced as Lotus technical director by long-serving Nick Chester, but has so far not offered even the slightest clue as to his next employer.

Red Bull, however, has moved smartly to distance itself from the speculation, issuing a short statement ruling out Milton Keynes as a potential destination for Allison's talents.

"I can confirm that James is not coming to Red Bull Racing," a spokesperson told Crash.net.


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