It’s a throwaway line, but amusing nevertheless. In today’s Gazzetta dello Sport Red Bull design guru Adrian Newey is asked how he feels to have caused Aldo Costa to lose his job. Costa was moved out of the role of technical director at Ferrari this week, as the team felt his technical leadership was not going to take the team to where it can compete with the dominant Red Bulls.
He then asks reporter Pino Allievi who will make the Ferrari cars now and is told Pat Fry and Nicolas Tombazis
“Strange” says Newey, who declines to explain what he means by that.
He knows both men and their qualities well; he worked alongside Pat Fry throughout his time at McLaren and with aerodynamicist/ designer Tombazis from 2003 until his departure for Red Bull in 2006.
It’s a lovely little cameo.
Ferrari have taken the route they have because Newey turned them down last year when they tried top headhunt him to come to Maranello.
He’s asked about the approaches Ferrari made to him, “The first time was in the 1980s when they were thinking of making an IndyCar,” He said. And last year? “Let’s drop it. It’s not polite to talk about these things. I’m happy at Red Bull.”
The paper adds that the timing of Costa’s dismissal is to do with the design of the 2012 car. Fry and Tombazis want a clear road ahead in which to work. But that doens’t mean that the team is giving up on 2011.
“With Ferrari’s history you don’t give up after five races,” said Fernando Alonso. “Remember 2009? Button won six of the first seven races, but suffered at the end with Red Bull. Anything can happen, you just need the vast car in the second half of the championship to fight.”
Alonso added that he did not push for Fry to be made technical director but he does make his feelings clear on the matter, ” Today I saw a very positive atmosphere,” he says. “I’ve seen a motivated team and a positive reaction from the engineers.”
Tomorrow afternoon Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali will speak to the media about Costa’s sacking and the new technical line up at Ferrari