Dennis looking for out of court settlement over Fallows dispute

Dennis looking for out of court settlement over Fallows dispute

Ron Dennis hopes that McLaren’s dispute with Red Bull over aerodynamicist Dan Fallows can be settled outside of the courtroom.Ron Dennis in the garage.

Fallows opted to leave Red Bull in September last year to join McLaren. He was placed on gardening leave and planned to start work at the Woking-based outfit in March.

However, it was announced earlier in the month that he would be returning to the reigning world champions as heard of aerodynamics, replacing McLaren-bound Peter Prodromou.

Dennis urged Red Bull team principal Christian Horner to discuss the matter with him over the Chinese Grand Prix weekend. “It’s for Christian to reach out,” he told Sky Sports F1. “We’ve done everything to ascertain that they knew there was a contract. We sent the messages out and they were ignored.”

“If you send an email into a company and you don’t get a response, then clearly I think the onus is on Christian stepping up to the plate and sitting down and talking. We’re obviously not happy to be contracting people in a correct and professional way, only to find that those contracts are disregarded.

“What I’m particularly uncomfortable with is that people just don’t change their minds, they’re induced to change their minds. People being induced to break contracts, it’s just wrong.”

Horner insists that Red Bull played no part in Fallows’ decision to return. “The situation with Dan is very clear,” he told AUTOSPORT after Sunday’s race. “Dan decided that he was going to leave Red Bull for reasons of his own.

“With the changes that have happened at McLaren [such as Martin Whitmarsh being moved aside], he decided that he didn’t want to join. It was 100 per cent his decision to approach us and see if there was a situation still open. It was his choice and I think that getting lawyers involved, if that is the way that McLaren want to act, then that is what will have to be done.”

He added: “It is very easy for McLaren to be drawing focus away from their bigger issues. It is obvious why they are looking for aerodynamicists. I would have thought their focus should be a little bit closer to home.”

Image courtesy of McLaren Mercedes.

Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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