May 12 (GMM) Adrian Newey has refused to categorically rule out a future move to Ferrari.
Rumours in the Barcelona paddock at the weekend suggested the fabled but struggling Italian team had renewed its big-money offer to sign Red Bull's highly coveted technical boss.
When asked on Sunday if he will see out his F1 career with Red Bull, the 55-year-old Briton told Sky television: "I don't know. I need to think about it.
"At some point I am going to have to think about the future, but at the moment my focus is getting in front of the silver cars," Newey added.
It is not known for how long Newey is contractually tied to the Milton Keynes based team, and in Spain boss Christian Horner refused to divulge the details.
"For sure, the lure of Ferrari is always there," admitted Horner, "but there's the politics and the pressure that goes with it and the fact it is in Italy.
"Lots of us have been linked with Red Bull but so far none of us have gone," he added.
It was a busy weekend all round for the reigning world champions. At one point, video footage of an apparently flexing winglet caused a stir on the internet.
Engineering chief Paul Monaghan denied Red Bull had been up to old tricks.
"There was no deliberate intention to instigate the failure and no aerodynamic benefit was derived from the deflection," he insisted.
On the brighter side, after his early-season struggle to keep up with Daniel Ricciardo and a disastrous weekend of reliability, Vettel on Sunday appeared much happier after scything through the Barcelona field.
The reigning world champion had use of a new RB10 chassis in Spain, and he said driving it around the Circuit de Catalunya and setting the fastest overall lap was finally "fun".
"I feel like I have a car in my hands again," said the German.
At the end of 2000, the Royal Automobile Club of Catalunya (RACC) called on Philippe Gurdjian’s experience and his know-how to organize the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix, for a 3-year contract.
After a thorough assessment of the situation, Philippe Gurdjian made several proposals which included:
§ Sophisticated facilities
§ The construction of new grandstands
§ The addition of giant screens for spectators
§ The improvement of the signage and road access to the circuit
§ The implementation of an ambitious International communication strategy (including a new ticket sales strategy)
The 45th Spanish Grand Prix in 2001 was a very successful event with more than 90,000 spectators for 60,000 during the previous year.
For the 2002 Grand Prix and at the initiative of Philippe Gurdjian a 10,500 seat covered grandstand with a futuristic design was built. This new grandstand, which is the biggest in Europe, is facing the pits and allows the spectators to comfortably enjoy the racing cars passing in front of them while observing the teams working from their pits.
This was only the beginning of the modernization of the Montmelo circuit, and Philippe Gurdjian’s clear goal was to make the Barcelona Grand Prix the most successful European circuit.
Despite of a difficult economic environment, the 2003 Spanish Grand Prix was again very successful with more than 96,000spectators on Sunday, and 250,000 spectators during the 4 days. Philippe Gurdjian’s work in Spain for the past three years was rewarded in December 2003 when the Spanish Grand Prix received the 2003 FOM Best Promoter Trophy.
Proud of this success, the President of the RACC, Sebastian Salvado, asked Philippe Gurdjian to extend his contract and to develop a new strategic plan.
On May 9th, 2004, Philippe Gurdjian organized his 20th F1 Grand Prix…, a unique experience in the Formula 1 world!
In 2005, his greater success was the Grand Prix of Spain with more than 115, 000 tickets sold and more than 350,000 spectators over the 4 days. The Grand Prix of Spain enjoyed under his influence an impressive growth going from 32,000 spectators in 2000 to more than 115,000 in 2005, the whole ticketing being sold out 3 weeks before the Grand Prix.
In 2006, the success will be even more important. All the tickets have been sold on February 15th, 2006. 113,000 spectators have attended to the qualifying session on Saturday, and on Sunday more than 131,000 spectators have attended the race on the circuit. The number of spectators was estimated up 331,200 people over 3 days. The Spanish Grand Prix 2006 knew the greatest success of its history and undoubtedly of the 2006 F1 World Championship.
In May 2007, the Spanish Grand Prix gained a colossal success with 140 700 spectators on Sunday May 13, and a total of 355,000 spectators over 4 days. This greatest European success was greeted by all the international press and the television channels of the whole world.
After having modified the layout of the circuit by creating 3 new turns, the whole of the tickets were “Sold Out” as of on February 1st, 2008, and this for the 3rd consecutive year. Philippe Gurdjian celebrated in 2008 its 25th Grand Prix as a council, organizer or promoter.
14 years later, Philippe Gurdjian is still consulting the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Source: PHG U.K. Ltd
Ayrton Senna continues to stir as much interest in death as he did when taking part in 161 Grands Prix. When you consider the F1 drivers killed in action during the past 60 years and filter the shockingly high number down to winners and world champions, it is feasible to argue that Senna continues to generate more coverage than the rest put together. Why is that?
There are several reasons, not least because he was charismatic, controversial and blindingly quick. But perhaps the most significant explanation is the context of his fatal accident on May 1, 1994.
To put it bluntly, this was the first time the death of a driver had been broadcast live into the world's living rooms. It may have been 20 years ago, but society was rapidly moving towards a mindset that demanded explanations. Never mind that Senna was competing in an inherently dangerous sport, a reason for the tragedy had to be found and, rightly or wrongly, offered immediately.
Motor sport had moved on from the 1950s and 1960s when fatal accidents were almost a casual 'well, what do you expect?' irrelevance compared with the horrors of World War II. A new sense of responsibility fuelled by an increasingly reactive media was heightened by the sport having been lulled into a sense of safety security thanks to the absence of a fatality in an F1 race for 12 years.
If Roland Ratzenberger's appalling accident stirred subliminal concern, the death of an icon 24 hours later would send 5,000 volts through the system. It would also remind us that motor sport will suffer from freak accidents just as surely as rigorously maintained and marshaled aircraft occasionally fall from the sky. The problem was that such an unfortunate fact was startling news for a younger generation accustomed to seeing racing drivers dusting themselves down and walking away from wrecked cars.
Apart from the establishment of the enormously productive Senna Foundation discussed with his sister Viviane shortly before his death, Ayrton's legacy has been the rapid escalation of safety measures thanks to the tireless work of Max Mosley and the late Professor Sid Watkins.
It's true that the bar would have been raised eventually, perhaps in another 15 or 20 years, but think of the hundreds of thousands of lives that would have been lost on the roads had the process not been shaken from top to bottom by the chilling sight of that Williams at rest in the run-off at Tamburello. Mosley is in no doubt that the introduction of vastly more stringent crash tests for road cars is due directly to the effect of Senna's death.
If the practical implications of Imola 1994 are long-lasting, then personal memories endure just as strongly. Another product of Senna's passing has been more publications about the Brazilian than any other driver.
When approached by McLaren to write a book on their time with Senna, our first thought was how to make it different. The answer was to speak to the people who knew him best; members of his family and McLaren employees past and present who had worked with Ayrton but whose voices had not been heard. The result has been a heart-warming series of anecdotes that paint a revealing picture of the man who won 35 races and three world championships with the team.
It quickly became clear there were two Ayrton Sennas; the gentle, caring, family-orientated man and the intensely focused racing driver. Most of us never saw the former.
It quickly became clear there were two Ayrton Sennas; the gentle, caring, family-orientated man and the intensely focused racing driver. Most of us never saw the former. But many team members did during relaxed moments away from the race track. The moment that best sums this up came at the end of 1993.
When a driver leaves a team, the need to hide weakness and emotion means that his departure is dealt with in a pragmatic and formal manner. 'It was great working with Carlos and we wish him all the best for the future. Now, have you met Luigi? Brilliant driver. We're so fortunate to have him join us. We're in for an exciting season.'
There was none of that when Senna left McLaren. The impression you have is of the team losing a member of family. And the important point is that these memories are not rose-tinted by time and the emotion of his loss. There was huge affection for a driver who could be difficult, did not suffer fools, expected 100% commitment and yet genuinely cared about each and every person working, not for Senna, but with him. The sense of loss expressed at McLaren to this day refers to more than the terrible events on the May 1, 1994 and helps explain why Ayrton Senna da Silva remains unique.