Red Bull announce aero chief Dan Fallows to leave to join Aston Martin as Technical Director
Aston Martin appear to have put in place the final part of their technical leadership team, with Red Bull announcing that their current Head of Aerodynamics Dan Fallows is leaving the Milton Keynes outfit to join the team in green as their new Technical Director – though they may have to wait some time for Fallows to start work at Silverstone.
Fallows will form part of triumvirate of technical leaders, joining Performance Director Tom McCullough and Engineering Director Luca Furbatto – who will move across from Alfa Romeo at the end of the season – with the three set to report to Aston Martin’s Chief Technical Officer Andrew Green.
Fallows joined Red Bull Racing in 2006 as their Team Leader in the aerodynamics department, becoming Head of Aerodynamics in 2014 following Red Bull’s dominant Sebastian Vettel-led era, which saw them win every drivers’ and constructors’ title between 2010 and 2013 – with Fallows now set to re-join Vettel at Aston Martin.
Red Bull said Fallows will not be departing until the conclusion of his contract "and remains fully focused on building upon the positive start we have made to the 2021 season."
Regarding the move, Red Bull Team Principal Christian 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.
“We do however recognise that the chance to take on the role of Technical Director within a Formula 1 team is an appealing next step in his career. In turn, this move creates exciting internal progression opportunities as we look to the future and draw from the wealth of talent within the wider team.”
In terms of the timing of the move, Horner said it wouldn't be happening for some time. “Dan’s going to be with us for a while," he said. "He’s fully focussed on this year’s car and will be with us until the end of his contract.”
Asked when Fallows would be leaving Red Bull, Horner replied: “I’m not going to go into great details but it certainly won’t be within the next couple of years.”
Aston Martin yesterday confirmed the new structure of their technical leadership team, saying in a statement that the “new and improved structure we have created mirrors that of the most successful teams in Formula 1 today”.
And speaking at the Styrian Grand Prix press conference regarding Fallows’ signing, Szafnauer said: “He's a great addition to our team, he's a like-minded individual, he's a high performer, he's won world championships, he knows Seb, so we look forward to Dan joining.
“The start time we're still working on... [but] it's 100% signed, sealed, delivered, Dan is coming. It's just a matter of the timing.”