Red Bull Racing this morning announced that Dan Fallows has been appointed Head of Aerodynamics, with Peter Prodromou going on ‘gardening leave’ in advance of his move to McLaren.
McLaren announced last October they had signed Prodromou but Red Bull Racing insisted that would do their best to hold on to one of their key men, with team boss Christian Horner saying that Prodromou’s contract “runs for quite a while yet”.
With no further news of the aerodynamicist’s departure coming to light over the winter it seemed that the champions had won the battle to keep the highly regarded technician – until today.
He will be replaced at Red Bull Racing by Dan Fallows. Right-hand man to Prodromou, Fallows left the team at the end of last year, with his destination expected to be McLaren and reunion with Prodromou. However, it seems he has been lured back to Milton Keynes by the offer of the more senior post.
Prodromou’s career was forged at McLaren. He joined the Woking squad in 1991 and worked closely with Adrian Newey and when Newey moved to Red Bull Racing at the end of the 2005 season, Prodromou also made the switch. Since then he’s been heavily involved in each of Red Bull’s four championship-winning designs.