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Christian Horner doesn't think Adrian Newey will go to Ferrari

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Wanted man: Adrian Newey (right) (©GettyImages)
Wanted man: Adrian Newey (right) (©GettyImages).

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner is not concerned by Ferrari's attempts to bring Adrian Newey to the team.

Newey is considered to be the mastermind behind Red Bull's rise to to the top of Formula One, achieving four consecutive constructor titles with the Milton Keynes-based outfit. 

But Horner is confident it is just talk and Adrian is fully committed to the Red Bull cause.

"It is an annual thing that there is speculation about Adrian's future but he has made his feelings very clear to me about the team," said Christian Horner to reporters in Barcelona. 

"He has paternal feelings towards the team and he is much more involved than he has been, and he really enjoys the environment he works in. You can understand why Ferrari would be looking. Adrian has always enjoyed a challenge."

The 55-year-old chief technical officer of Red Bull is a wanted man but has played down the talk of a move to Maranello. 

Newey told Sky Sports F1: "There is always rumours, isn't there? It is the silly season. I have done some sportscar races in Italy, and it is a great place, but it is a bit of a leap of faith from one to the other.

"We are all under contract, so at some point I have got to think about the future, but my focus at the moment is trying to get back on top of those silver cars."

It is no surprise as to why Ferrari are sniffing around for Newey. He is a serial championship winning car designer and Ferrari are looking to freshen up their approach after the departure of former boss Stefano Domenicali earlier this season.

Mario Mattiacci has taken over and is under pressure to revitalise the team. The addition of Newey could be a huge statement in getting prancing horse back to the top of the sport.  

The most iconic team in Formula One history but they have not won the constructors' championship since 2008 and the driver title has eluded them since 2007 when Kimi Raikkonen was last with them. 

The team have one of if not the strongest driver line-up in the field this year but have not been able to provide either Raikkonen or Fernando Alonso with a race winning-car. Impressively, two-time world champion Alonso remains third in the drivers standings this season ahead of both Red Bulls with 49 points but Raikkonen is further back in 11th place with 17.

Since 2010 Alonso has been squeezing the maximum out of the Ferrari resulting in three second place finishes in the driver standings but he has not been supported quite enough to go on and win it.

The arrival of Newey would be the key to keeping hold of Alonso whose head may have been turned with the frustration as he looks for a third world championship. Ferrari are third n the constructors' championship with 66 points, 131 shy of runaway leaders Mercedes as they head to Monaco for the next Grand Prix weekend.

Ferrari will be willing to pay extremely well for the services of Newey but it is whether he is willing to sacrifice his comfortable position with Red Bull for the pressures of Ferrari. There will certainly be a decision to make at some point in the near future but it will be a crucial one for the development of both teams. 

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