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Teams of Formula 1 Red Bull and Aston Martin to settle their dispute over the principal of aerodynamics, Dan Fallows.
The British team announced last year that it had hired Fallows from his role as head of aeronautics at Red Bull to become its new technical director.
However, the case went to court with Red Bull insisting it will keep Fallows under the terms of his 2023 contract.
Speaking at the time, Red Bull boss Christian Horner said the team had little intention of letting Fallows go early.
“Our situation with Dan is very clear. He works on the car [de 2021]he is working on next year’s car,” said July.
“He still has a huge amount of time. He only signed at the end of last year, so there is plenty of time before mid-2023. Obviously we will keep him busy for the remainder of his contract.”
Since Red Bull did not want to make life easier, the matter went to court with Fallows and Aston Martin pushing for an early release from the contract.
However, both teams announced Tuesday that they have reached an agreement that will allow Fallows to change teams this year. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
This means that Fallows will be able to join Aston Martin on April 2 this year to help the team make progress with its new car.
In a brief statement, Martin Whitmarsh, Group CEO of Aston Martin Performance Technologies, welcomed the move.
“We are delighted to have reached an agreement with Red Bull which will release Dan early from his contract and we look forward to joining the team,” he said.
Horner said, “We would like to thank Dan for his many years of excellent service and wish him the best in the future.”
Fallows himself added: “I have enjoyed many happy years in Red Bull Racing and I am proud of what we have achieved. I look forward to next season and new challenges.”
Aston Martin was keen to get Fallows on board as soon as possible as it tries to move forward after a disappointing 2021 campaign in which it finished seventh in the constructors’ championship.
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