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Red Bull not going to let Fallows go until contract expires

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 15: Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Racing Point and Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talk in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 15, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has insisted that despite signing a contract with Aston Martin, Red Bull intends to hold the head of aerodynamics Dan Fallows to his contract till 2023 citing that there is no reason to release early.

Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer commented on the team’s expansion in personnel stating that the team is continuing to expand, poaching staff from rival teams in typical F1 fashion.

“It’s still a work in progress and there are a few more senior positions that we’re looking to fill,” he explained. “Some of which we filled we will announce soon, and others will follow.”

Regarding Fallows, Red Bull has made it clear that they are looking to honor the contract signed, and that he is currently involved with the 2021 car, giving all the more reason to retain until the contract expires. This also may be an attempt to increase whatever financial compensation Aston Martin may offer to prematurely avail Fallow’s services.

“Our situation with Dan is really clear. He’s working on the [2021] car, he is working on next year’s car,” Horner said when asked on the matter.

“He’s still got a significant amount of time. He only signed the contract at the end of last year, so there’s a significant period of time before mid-2023 comes up. We’ll obviously keep him busy during the rest of his contract.”

Szafnauer also expressed his desire to hold talks with his Red Bull counterpart on Fallows to figure out the chances of an early release from Red Bull.

“[We will talk] either now or in the near future,” Szafnauer added. “I haven’t planned anything but when we’ve got more time, that’s for sure [going to happen]. It’s been a busy few weeks.”

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