Red Bull in 'no rush' to release Prodromou
15 October 2013 – Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has confirmed that chief aerodynamicist Peter Prodromou will not be released early to join rivals McLaren.
McLaren announced the deal with Prodromou over the Japanese Grand Prix weekend, with McLaren managing director, Jonathan Neale remarking that it was the first of a 'series moves' to ensure the squad stays at the forefront of the F1.
However, despite the fact Prodromou has decided to leave Milton Keynes, Horner added that RBR will continue to exploit his expertise for as long as possible and won’t be putting him on gardening leave any time soon.
“Peter is a valued member of the team, and he is making a valuable contribution,” Horner told Sporting Life. “The content of any contract obviously is confidential, but the duration of his contract runs for quite a while yet.
“We are certainly in no rush to release him early and he will be with the team until the end of his existing agreement.”
It is believed Prodromou’s current contract will not expire until the end of next season, and McLaren boss Martin Whimarsh conceded he doesn’t know what date he will actually make his return.
“He has a contract and he will be working for us in the future. But currently he is employed by Red Bull, we have to respect that, so that is why we are not talking about time frames or anything,” Whitmarsh added.