Ferrari not ruling out Ferrari future for Newey

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Stefano Domenicali has hinted Adrian Newey might be targeted for a role at Ferrari -- but the marque's president Luca di Montezemolo sounds less keen.

Ferrari team boss Domenicali was asked if Red Bull's highly respected designer Newey, whose cars have won the last two world championships, was on the Italian giant's shortlist.

"I think that Adrian Newey showed his capability in a fantastic way in the last couple of years," Domenicali agreed to Sky Sports News.

"But what he would like to do in the future, well we will see."

Stefano Domenicali Ferrari General Director and Luca di Montezemolo, Scuderia Ferrari, FIAT Chairman and President of Ferrari
Stefano Domenicali Ferrari General Director and Luca di Montezemolo, Scuderia Ferrari, FIAT Chairman and President of Ferrari

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President Montezemolo, on the other hand, admits to being stung more than a decade ago when Ferrari showed interest in Newey, who at the time ultimately switched from Williams to McLaren.

"I have confidence in our technical staff," Montezemolo is quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport, "and furthermore the meeting I had with him (Newey) in 1997 was not exactly positive.

"The idea that his wife had of Italy was that of some kind of a third world country. But if he were available again and changed his ideas about our country then why not?" he added. As for the man in Newey's driving seat - back to back world champion Sebastian Vettel - Domenicali thinks Fernando Alonso is ultimately a better driver.

I have confidence in our technical staff

Luca di Montezemolo

But when asked about the young German, he added: "Never say never.

"Last season, with the pole positions and the number of victories that he achieved -- In comparison, if you look at his achievements with the others ... so we will see," said Domenicali of Vettel.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Luca di Montezemolo , Sebastian Vettel , Adrian Newey
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams
Tags domenicali, featured, ferrari, montezemolo, newey