Unhappy Dennis urges Red Bull talks over Fallows
21 April 2014 – McLaren boss Ron Dennis says he hopes his team's dispute with Red Bull over the services of aerodynamicist Dan Fallows can be resolved outside of the courtroom.
Fallows agreed earlier in the year to leave Red Bull in favour of joining McLaren, but the Reigning World Champions announced Fallows as their new Head of Aerodynamics last week, to replace Peter Prodromou, who will be heading to McLaren at the end of the year.
Dennis has urged Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner to discuss the matter with him.
"It's for Christian to reach out," Dennis told Sky Sports. "We did everything to ascertain that they knew there was a contract. We sent the messages out and they were ignored."
"If you send an email into a company and you don't get a response, then clearly I think the onus is on Christian stepping up to the plate and sitting down and talking. We're obviously not happy to be contracting people in a correct and professional way, only to find that those contracts are disregarded.
"What I'm particularly uncomfortable with is that people just don't change their minds, they induced to change their minds. People being induced to break contracts, it's just wrong."
Horner responded by claiming that McLaren cannot force Fallows to work for them.
"I have the utmost respect for Ron but I'm not quite sure what he means, because you can't force someone to work somewhere they don't want to be," he said.
"Obviously it's very easy for McLaren to be drawing focus away from their bigger issues - I mean it's obvious why they're looking for aerodynamicists."