It looks like the issue over aero man Dan Fallows will go to court according to Red Bull boss Christian Horner. Fallows has been the topic of conversation this week as the former Red Bull employee is said to have signed a binding contract to join McLaren at the end of his gardening leave in March.
Fallows made a reversal and has now been announced as Red Bull’s new aero chief replacing Peter Prodromou who is now at McLaren. McLaren boss Ron Dennis says that the contract is legally binding and that the team will seek a decision in high court.
For Horner, Fallows made the decision on his own volition and it was apparently based on changes at McLaren, Horner told James Allen:
“The situation with Dan is very clear,” said the Red Bull Racing team principal after the race. “Dan decided that he was going to leave Red Bull for reasons of his own but with the changes that have happened at McLaren he decided that he didn’t want to join, and it was 100 per cent his choice to approach us and see if there was a situation still open. So it was his choice. Getting lawyers involved, if that’s the way McLaren want to act then that’s what will have to be done.”
One could assume that Fallows agreed to join McLaren prior to the departure of Martin Whitmarsh and the reassignment of Ron Dennis to the F1 squad could be the change that Horner is referring too but that’s pure conjecture.
Either way, it looks like a court will be deciding if Fallows is in breach of contract and what implication that may have but it doesn’t seem likely Fallows will be at McLaren regardless.