Marco Mattiacci has denied inviting Adrian Newey to join Ferrari - but that doesn't mean the team didn't make an approach.
Earlier this month rumours emerged claiming that Ferrari were once again chasing the Red Bull technical guru in a bid to turn their fortunes around.
The Brit, though, released a brief statement on Thursday, saying he remains "committed to Red Bull for the foreseeable future."
Facing the media in Thursday's press conference for the Monaco GP, new Ferrari team boss Mattiacci was asked about the state of F1, the slower lap times and Ferrari's approach for Newey.
He said: "First of all I think they are doing an excellent job. We need to recognise that Mercedes has the leadership because they have been working in an excellent way.
"Having said that is it good for the audience? Is it good to entertain the public? I have some doubts about that.
"But there are different avenues that we are discussing about that issue, as I said, you know to reduce costs and in order to deliver a better product in Formula One."
However, having avoided initially the Newey question, Mattiacci was pressed on it.
He answered: "If I invite Adrian Newey to work at Ferrari? No."
That, though, doesn't mean no one else has.