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Ferrari content without Newey, says Vasseur

Ferrari content without Newey, says Vasseur
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Frederic Vasseur has chosen not to comment extensively on the speculation linking Ferrari with Adrian Newey's next career move in Formula 1.

Frederic Vasseur has chosen not to comment extensively on the speculation linking Ferrari with Adrian Newey's next career move in Formula 1.

Newey, having decided to leave Red Bull amidst the team's management turmoil, has been connected to Ferrari, Aston Martin, McLaren, Williams, and Mercedes.

Although earlier reports suggested a Ferrari deal was nearly finalized, the latest rumours indicate that the Maranello team may no longer be in the race to secure F1's highly coveted technical expert.

When asked about Newey and whether any discussions had taken place or if Ferrari was waiting for the 65-year-old's decision, team boss Vasseur told Sky Italia: "No."

"I speak to everyone in the paddock when we meet, because we are well educated," the Frenchman laughed. "But on this point, I won't make any more comments because any answer could be interpreted and the most important thing is the stability of the team."

"As I've said before, we are having a good season, we are going in the right direction, and the most important thing to me is the stability of the group rather than that of the individual. And I am very satisfied with the current situation," Vasseur insists.

In fact, with Charles Leclerc's victory from pole position in Monaco and Red Bull's unexpected performance drop, the 2024 world championship could still be within reach.

The key will be car upgrades, and Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko admits that 2-3 million euros worth of damage to Sergio Perez's car in Monaco could impact the team.

"We have lost 3 million, to put it simply," said the F1 team's Austrian consultant. "In the worst case, this means spending less time updating the car. If Ferrari and McLaren become even more competitive, then we will obviously find ourselves in a difficult situation," Marko added.

At Ferrari, Vasseur says more upgrades are already planned.

"We just brought our latest package," he said, "so it's too early to talk about future updates. But we are definitely working on them and will bring them as soon as possible."

"I don't know if it will be before or after Silverstone, but it will be soon."

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