Red Bull technical guru Adrian Newey has remained coy when asked about rumors linking him with a big-money move to Ferrari in the near future.
Paddock speculation has suggested that Ferrari has offered Newey – the finest car designer in Formula 1 – a huge salary to leave four-time champions Red Bull and move to Italy. The team has been struggling in recent years with its car, and president Luca di Montezemolo is growing increasingly frustrated with the on-track displays.
In the Spanish Grand Prix today, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen came home in sixth and seventh place respectively. It also marks one year since the team last won a race, which is its longest drought since 1994.
So would Newey really leave Red Bull and take up the challenge of reviving Ferrari’s fortunes?
“There’s always rumors, isn’t there?” he told Sky Sports. “What can I say? It’s the silly season.
“We’re all under contract, so at some point I’ve got to think about the future, but my focus at the moment is trying to get back on top of those silver cars.”
Christian Horner also spoke to a number of media outlets, and was certain that Newey would remain with the team. However, should Ferrari put enough money on the table, it would take a lot for the aerodynamicist to turn down the most famous team in the sport.
For now though, it’s nothing but a rumor. F1’s silly season has a habit of rearing its head over the summer, but it appears to have come into force a bit earlier this year. Fernando Alonso has even been linked with a move to Mercedes across the course of the weekend, but all parties have rejected this notion when asked.
Nevertheless, Ferrari might see Newey as the man who could finally deliver a car that will take Alonso to his third world championship.
Diaz (right) is another prototype class veteran, with recent PC experience (8Star Motorsports and PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports) added to his LMP2 days with Fernandez Racing.
All three of them also competed in Champ Car World Series races in Mexico City, with Gonzalez and Diaz part of a six-Mexican driver entry in the 2003 race (Adrian Fernandez, Michel Jourdain Jr., Mario Dominguez and Rodolfo Lavin).
Ricardo Gonzalez co-drives the No. 43 RGR Sport Ligier JS P2 Nissan with Bruno Senna and Filipe Albuquerque in the WEC.
Around two-thirds of the Formula E grid also race in the WEC, with the two championships preventing clashes so that drivers do not have to pick between them. As a result, it seems inevitable that one of the races will have to change date.
Jolyon Palmer felt “gutted” after a likely top-10 finish in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix was lost following a spin in the closing stages, costing him his first Formula 1 points.
2014 GP2 champion Palmer joined Renault for its return to F1 as a constructor in 2016, but arrived in Hungary without a point to his name from the opening 10 races of the season.
Palmer was left disappointed on Saturday after a red flag knocked him out of qualifying at the first hurdle, but a long first stint brought him into contention for points.
Palmer moved into the top 10 after jumping Nico Hulkenberg in the pits, only for Renault’s hard work to be undone when he spun off at Turn 4, losing three positions in the process.
The Briton was ultimately classified 12th after Esteban Gutierrez’s time penalty, extending his points drought to 11 races.
“I’m gutted as my first points in Formula 1 were there for the taking,” Palmer said.
“The car was good and I was driving well within myself in P10. I turned in the same as normal at turn four – I wasn’t hanging everything out and I was looking after the tires – but for some reason I lost the car in a massive snap.
“I need to look at everything with my engineers to see if there is anything we could have done to prevent it.
“I was running tenth, we had completed all our pit stops, we had good pace relative to those ahead and behind so it looks like we’ve made a real step forward this weekend.
“It was the best drive of my career today and just one small spin took away those points.
“I’m gutted today but I’ll be fighting to get in the same position or better in Hockenheim.”