Red Bull and McLaren face legal dispute over Fallows aero appointment

Red Bull and McLaren face legal dispute over Fallows aero appointment

McLaren and Red Bull are set for a legal battle to determine the future of Dan Fallows, the Milton Keynes-based team’s new Head of Aerodynamics.

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Red Bull confirmed on Wednesday that Fallows, who worked as a team leader in the team’s aerodynamics department before taking a break in 2013, would join as the outfit’s new Head of Aerodynamics, while Peter Promodrou, who formerly held the role, would begin a period of gardening leave, ahead of taking up his new role at McLaren.

However, prior to his appointment as the new chief of aero, Fallows had been touted with a move to McLaren, as a part of the team’s restructuring efforts following a difficult 2013 season, which has seen Ron Dennis reclaim control of the team, while former Lotus Technical Director Eric Boullier joined in late January in the new role of Racing Director.

The BBC reports that Fallows, having agreed a deal to join McLaren, was offered a higher salary, as well as the opportunity to take up a more senior role by Red Bull to return to the team.

Red Bull have at the time of writing refused to confirm the above comment, releasing a statement which reads: “[Fallows] left the team for a short time last year and has returned to begin working in his new role.”

McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier has said that Fallows has a “legally binding contract” with McLaren.

“The matter is now in the hands of our lawyers,” the Frenchman added.

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Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock is an FIA accredited freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist and the recently appointed Grand Prix Editor of Richland F1. Dan joined the site in July of last year as a Staff Writer, fresh off the back of completing a master’s degree in journalism. He has since gone on to represent Richland F1 at the 2014 British Grand Prix, his debut in the Formula 1 paddock. Aside from Richland F1, Dan also writes for Rumble Strip News, as well as maintaing his own modest blog.