Red Bull's head of aero will defect to Aston Martin — but must see out 2yr contract


Red Bull's Head of Aerodynamics Dan Fallows will be moving to Aston Martin to take up the Technical Director role


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Red Bull’s Head of Aerodynamics Dan Fallows is set to move to Aston Martin to take up the Technical Director post at the Silverstone squad.

It follows much recent restructuring at Aston who are making a big push for the 2022 rules change, Luca Furbatto joining last week as Head of Engineering and Silverstone-stalwart Andy Green moving up from Technical Director to Chief Technical Officer.

However, Fallows will not be able to move for at least two years, according to Red Bull boss Christian Horner, who said that he would have to see out his current contract — with the precise date not revealed.

Fallows been at Red Bull since 2006, first joining the Milton Keynes outfit as team leader in the aero department, being an integral part of its success as they went on to score podiums, wins and championship title.

Horner said the team intended to replace him with one of the team’s “new generation” of aerodynamicists and paid tribute to Fallows’ long and successful stretch at the team, Horner said: “It goes without saying that Dan will be missed as he has played an important role during his time at Red Bull Racing and I would like to thank him for his contribution towards the team’s successes.

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“We do however recognise the chance to take on the role of Technical Director within a Formula 1 team is an appealing next step in his career.”

Asked about the move in a press conference ahead of this weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix, Horner added: “All credit to Dan to be selected to be their technical director. He’s a great guy and has been a valued member of our team.

“Of course, we have tremendous strength and depth in the aero dept under Adrian’s tutelage. we have tremendous talent and it frees up an opportunity for the next generation.

“Dan will be here for a while. He’s focused on this year’s car and will be here until the end of his contract.”

Asked how long Fallows’ contract had left to run, Horner said that he would not be leaving for at least two years.

Fallows has tried to take flight from Red Bull before, after being wooed by McLaren into taking a role at Woking in 2014.

However, it appeared he had a change of heart, returning to Red Bull after a period of leave to take up the Head of Aero there, with Peter Prodromou then going to McLaren instead.