Red Bull and McLaren settle Fallows legal dispute
Red Bull and McLaren have agreed to a deal in principle to end their legal dispute over the future of aerodynamacist Dan Fallows.
It was revealed in April that Fallows was the subject of a dispute between the two teams, after Red Bull announced that the former team leader of their aero department – who had been on a break in 2013 – was to be appointed as their new Head of Aerodynamics to replace the McLaren-bound Peter Prodromou.
The news came as a shock to McLaren, who insisted they had a legally binding contract already in place with Fallows to join them in 2014, leading the team to launch legal proceedings against Red Bull, who they believed had enticed the aerodynamacist to wrongly break his contract in an effort to remain in Milton Keynes.
However, following talks between Red Bull team boss Christian Horner and McLaren Group CEO Ron Dennis during the course of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, both parties have agreed to drop the legal dispute.
“I have a handshake with Mr Dennis which, being a gentleman and a man of his word, means we have an understanding,” said Horner.
It is reported that as part of the agreement Red Bull will allow their former Head of Aerodynamics Peter Prodromou – who was signed by McLaren at the tail end of 2013, ahead of a 2015 switch – to join the Woking-based outfit earlier than expected.
Prodromou’s contract with Red Bull is set to formally expire at the end of 2014, but he may now start work with McLaren later this year.
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