LONDON (Reuters) – Dan Fallows will be part of Aston Martin on April 2 because the Formula One workforce’s new technical director after rivals Red Bull agreed to let him go.
The 2022 season begins in Bahrain on March 20.
“We are happy to have reached an agreement with Red Bull which releases Dan early from his contract and are trying ahead to him becoming a member of the workforce,” mentioned Aston Martin’s group CEO Martin Whitmarsh in an announcement on Tuesday.
Fallows has been with Red Bull since 2006, most just lately as chief engineer for aerodynamics, and was reported to have a contract to mid-2023.
Aston Martin introduced his signing final June however Red Bull workforce boss Christian Horner mentioned then that Fallows must see out his contract, including that any transfer would “not be throughout the subsequent couple of years.”
“It goes with out saying that Dan will likely be missed as he has performed an essential function throughout his time at Red Bull Racing,” Horner additionally mentioned on the time.
Red Bull gained the drivers’ championship with Max Verstappen final yr however have been overwhelmed within the constructors’ standings by Mercedes.
Aston Martin, who use Mercedes engines, have recruited closely from different groups and are additionally constructing a brand new manufacturing unit as Canadian billionaire proprietor Lawrence Stroll units his sights on a future championship problem.
The workforce appointed Mike Krack, a former BMW motorsport head, as workforce principal final week rather than the departed Otmar Szafnauer.
Krack, a Luxemburger, beforehand additionally labored with Sebastian Vettel in Formula One at BMW-Sauber. The German driver gained his 4 world championships with Red Bull from 2010-13.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, enhancing by Toby Davis)