Peter Prodromou has started work as chief engineer at McLaren following his switch from Red Bull.

Prodromou was at the centre of a legal battle between the two teams as McLaren had also signed Dan Fallows from Red Bull, with Fallows then opting to remain at the reigning constructors' champions. As part of the resolution to that dispute, Red Bull allowed Prodromou to start work with McLaren earlier than originally planned, and he began work at the team on Monday morning having previously been part of McLaren from 1991-2006.

"It's fantastic to return to McLaren, and to see a mixture of faces old and new," Prodromou said. "Of course, I have first-hand experience of just what a passionate, focused and capable race team exists within these walls, and I've already seen the enthusiasm and positivity that exists to return McLaren to world championship-winning glory.

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"I, too, am determined to work flat-out to do everything I can to help initiate a new chapter of success in McLaren's history."

Racing director Eric Boullier said Prodromou's achievements as head of aerodynamics at Red Bull showed what a strong acquisition he is for McLaren.

"On behalf of everyone at McLaren, I'd like to welcome Peter to the team," Boullier said. "He joins us at an auspicious time; we've spent much of 2014 working to develop and organise our design department, and his arrival neatly coincides with the conclusion of that restructuring.

"Peter has proved beyond doubt that he's one of the most capable and intelligent engineers in Formula 1, and everyone at McLaren is looking forward to the contribution he'll make as we push ahead with our ambitious plans for the future."