McLaren sign Red Bull aero chief Prodromou

Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:48am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SUZUKA, Japan (Reuters) - McLaren have succeeded in luring top aerodynamicist Peter Prodromou away from Formula One world champions Red Bull, team principal Martin Whitmarsh told Reuters on Saturday.

The move will be seen as a coup for the former champions, the sport's most successful team after Ferrari but well off the pace this year, who have more arrivals in the pipeline as they build up to a partnership with Honda in 2015.

"He's signed a contract with us," Whitmarsh said at the Japanese Grand Prix, without giving any details about a starting date.

"It is not a one-off thing we are doing, as we have made some moves during the course of this year. There are some other things we are doing to strengthen our team," McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale told reporters later.

"It is a series of moves as we head towards 2015 with Honda to make sure this team stays at the forefront of F1 and is set for winning ways."

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner indicated McLaren could expect a long wait before Prodromou, head of aerodynamics in Adrian Newey's design team, would be free to return to his former employers at Woking.

"The contents of any contract will be confidential between the company and the individual," Horner told Reuters.

"We've enjoyed a long relationship with Peter and he's a valuable member of the team and there's quite a duration left on his contract.   Continued...