McLaren, Red Bull in dispute over engineer’s deal

1 Comment

Red Bull Racing has elevated Dan Fallows to the position of head of aerodynamics, while Peter Prodromou has been placed on ‘gardening leave’ ahead of his 2015 move to McLaren.

The team made the announcement this morning with the following statement:

“We are pleased to announce that Dan Fallows becomes Head of Aerodynamics at Infiniti Red Bull Racing with immediate effect.

Dan has worked as part of the team’s aerodynamic department for many years. Previously working as a Team Leader (Aerodynamics), he left the team for a short time last year. He has now returned to Infiniti Red Bull Racing to begin working in his new role.

We can confirm that Peter Prodromou has commenced a period of gardening leave; we would like to thank him for his valuable contribution during his time with the team.”

Prodromou, whose move back to Woking was confirmed last fall, worked with McLaren from 1991-2005 before joining Red Bull in 2006.

Working alongside F1 design/tech star Adrian Newey, Prodromou has played a key role in Red Bull’s dominance of the sport over the last four seasons.

However, McLaren now appears ready to pursue legal action over Fallows’ appointment with Red Bull, as it said in January that it had attained his services.

In a Wednesday teleconference, McLaren racing director Eric Boullier said that Fallows had a “legally binding contract” with the team and that “the matter is now in the hands of our lawyers.”

Additionally, the BBC’s Andrew Benson writes that after McLaren announced the signing of Fallows, Red Bull gave him the new position and a better salary in order to keep him from jumping ship.

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

Audi Sport
Leave a comment

Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”