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Red Bull and McLaren row over head of aerodynamics // A contract dispute arises over Red Bull's Dan Fallows

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Red Bull and McLaren row over head of aerodynamics
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Red Bull announced today that Dan Fallows would join the team as head of aerodynamics, having previously worked for the Milton Keynes based squad in a more junior role. The news likely came as a surprise to the McLaren team, who had named Fallows as joining them after a period of gardening leave from Red Bull. They purport to have a signed contract with Fallows, although he hadn’t actually started work for them.

From Red Bull’s point of view, they say Fallows had left for a while but “has returned to begin working in his new role.” McLaren aren’t having that, with team principal Éric Boullier saying: “The matter is now in the hands of our lawyers.”

The rivalry between McLaren and Red Bull extends further than the design team, with Jenson Button suggesting that McLaren aren’t quite best of the rest yet. He said: “I think the closest team to Mercedes is Red Bull. For us, it’s a big gap, which is a shame. It’s bigger than we expected and we have been putting improvements on the car.” Presumably, what they could do with right now is a new member of the aerodynamics team…