Red Bull and McLaren at legal loggerheads

Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:05am EDT
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By Abhishek Takle

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Red Bull hit back at McLaren boss Ron Dennis on Sunday in a war of words over an aerodynamics expert who was set to join the Woking-based Formula One team but changed his mind.

Dennis had accused the world champions of inciting Dan Fallows to break a legally-binding contract he had signed with McLaren and indicated the dispute was likely to go all the way to the High Court.

"We're obviously not too happy to be contracting people in a correct and professional way only to find that those contracts are disregarded," Dennis told Britain's Sky television before Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.

"People don't just change their mind. They are induced to change their mind. And people being induced to breach contracts, it's just can either just ignore it or you can do something about it."

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said he had "the utmost respect" for Dennis but was not sure what the Briton was talking about.

"You can't force someone to work somewhere they don't want to be," he said.

"He (Fallows) signed a contract with McLaren with people that aren't there any more and decided he didn't want to go. That's the way it is. It's not something that Ron's unused to. It's something that's happened to him quite often in the past."

The legal tussle between two of Formula One's biggest teams has resulted from a major recruiting drive by McLaren, who have not won a race since 2012 and failed to appear on the podium at all last season.   Continued...

Chairman and CEO of McLaren Formula One team Ron Dennis signs autographs at the first practice session of the Australian F1 Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne March 14, 2014. REUTERS/Brandon Malone