The Scuderia has attempted to lure Newey to Maranello on several occasions, in a bid to return to the front of the field, but without any success. Ferrari last won the constructors’ championship in 2008, with Kimi Raikkonen taking the team’s last drivers’ title in 2007.
Since then, Red Bull Racing has dominated the sport, winning the last four constructors’ championships and taking Sebastian Vettel to four drivers’ titles. Newey is widely regarded to have played a pivotal role in the Milton Keynes-based outfit’s success.
Fernando Alonso and Raikkonen finished sixth and seventh at last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, marking one year since Ferrari’s last race victory. Meanwhile Daniel Ricciardo and Vettel took the chequered flag in third and fourth, some way behind the dominant Mercedes drivers.
Rumours over the weekend suggested that Ferrari has offered the 55-year-old a new big-money deal to leave Red Bull and move to Italy. Newey remained coy over the paddock speculation when asked about it at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
“There’s always rumours, 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.”
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