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Horner: You can see why McLaren need Fallows…

Christian Horner is confident Red Bull will come out top of an legal battle launched by McLaren over the appointment of Dan Fallows.
Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has played down any impending legal battle with rivals McLaren over the appointment of Dan Fallows as its new head of aerodynamics, insisting he has not reneged on any contract.

McLaren announced the appointment of Fallows in January, only for Red Bull to reveal him as its new head of aerodynamics in replacement of Peter Prodromou, who is also en route to Mclaren. Since then, Ron Dennis has declared plans to launch legal action against Red Bull, claiming Fallows is legally obliged to McLaren.

Despite this, Horner feels the situation with Fallows is clear, claiming the changes at McLaren in recent months changed his mind and that, because he is yet to start the role, he has the opportunity to take on a new role at Red Bull instead.

“The situation with Dan is very clear,” he said. “He decided he wanted to leave Red Bull for reasons of his own, but with the changes at McLaren he decided he didn't want to join and it was 100 per cent his choice to approach and see if there was a situation still open. It was his choice that he has taken. Getting lawyers involved if that how McLaren wants to act, then that is what is going to be done.”

Joking that it is 'easy to see why McLaren is looking for an aerodynamicist', Horner maintains that it was the choice of the individual to seek a role with Red Bull, adding that he cannot be forced to do a job against his will.

“I'm not sure how he can question the integrity of the team because it is the choice of the individual. Nobody can be forced to do a job against their will and situations change, as Ron knows well, probably more so than others. The situation has changed and therefore Dan is with Red Bull, has been for the last couple of weeks, and will be here for a while to come.

“It is easy for McLaren to draw away from their bigger issues… it's easy to see why they are looking for an aerodynamicist! We think their focus should be attracted a little closer to home.”

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April 21, 2014 10:02 AM

"but with the changes at McLaren he decided he didn't want to join" Basically saying the guy didn't want to work under Ron. I don't think McLaren will win this one, if anything the employee broke the contract but how many times does someone sign a new contract and then go back to their previous employer, probably against his human rights to force him to work at McLaren.


April 21, 2014 11:41 AM

McLaren doesn't want Fallows as they fully understand it is no point to force someone to work for you, they want to use this matter to force Red Bull to release Prodromou early but look like Horner playing it tough and want to take it to the court, which could take months, which mean Fallows can carry on working at Red Bull and Prodromou will have to wait until the end of the year to join McLaren, win win for Red Bull and McLaren will not gain anything, look like Ron Dennis making fool of himself once again.

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