Newey remains committed to Red Bull, ending Ferrari rumors

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Adrian Newey has poured cold water on the rumors linking him with a big money move to Ferrari by telling journalists in Monaco that he remains committed to Red Bull for the foreseeable future.

The 55-year-old aerodynamacist has played a big part in the team’s success over the past four years, designing cars that have outclassed the rest of the field and taken Sebastian Vettel to four world championships.

However, Ferrari – who hasn’t won a world championship since 2008 – was thought to be looking to make Newey an offer that he could not refuse by tripling his Red Bull wage to come and try to revive the prancing horse’s fortunes.

When asked about the rumors in Spain, he remained coy, saying: “There’s always rumors, isn’t there? 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.”

However, this time around, Newey was quite clear that, for the time being, an offer from Ferrari would not be considered.

“I remain committed to Red Bull for the foreseeable future,” he said on Wednesday in Monaco.

This will come as a bitter blow to Ferrari, who had labelled Newey as the one person who could revive its fortunes and take it to the front of the grid. In recent years, there have been few issues with the driver line-up, with Fernando Alonso usually outclassing his mediocre car. Instead, it has been the design of the car that has cost the team a real chance of winning the championship.

However, technical director James Allison is yet to have made an impact. He was not heavily involved in the design of the F14 T after only arriving at Maranello midway through last season. 2015 will be the first year that he has greatly invested in, and it could mark an improvement by Ferrari.

It is unlikely that the Newey-to-Ferrari rumor will go away, but for the time being, it’s time to put it on the back burner.

Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.

Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.

Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.

Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.

With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.

Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.

GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.