Marko: Ferrari made absurd Newey offer
18 June 2014 – Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko claims Ferrari made "an absurd offer" for design guru Adrian Newey.
Ferrari had denied pursuing the services of Newey, who recently signed a modified Red Bull deal that will see him step away from the Formula 1 team and take on side projects, when quizzed over the matter in recent weeks.
But Marko says there was a firm offer on the table from the Italian marque when Newey's future was undecided.
"We had a long talk with Adrian," Marko told Red Bull-owned Servus TV ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix.
"Ferrari made him an absurd offer, not only on the financial side but also on what his responsibilities would be."
Marko added that Red Bull's priority was simply to hold on to Newey, regardless of his future F1 involvement.
"We didn't want to lose him," he said. "That's why we created a situation where he can work on other projects."