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Horner: Our technical team stronger after Fallows' departure

Horner: Our technical team stronger after Fallows’ departure

Horner: Our technical team stronger after Fallows' departure
Christian Horner claimed Red Bull’s technical team has become even stronger despite the departure of Dan Fallows to Aston Martin where he is starting to show his worth.

To those who may not recall, Red Bull did not easily let go of Dan Fallows, their former head of aerodynamics, when Aston Martin poached him back in 2021, the energy drinks outfit even taking Fallows to court to delay his departure from the team and extend his gardening leave as much as possible.

However following negotiations between Red Bull and Aston Martin, it was agreed that Fallows would join the latter in April of 2022, which meant it was too late for him to have any effect on the Aston Martin AMR22, which was a disappointing car for the team under the new for 2022 Formula 1 aero regulations with ground effect.

But 2023 is a different story for Aston Martin, as Fallows got down to work at his new role as Technical Director, and delivered an impressive Green Car, the AMR23, which proved to be the second-fastest car so far this season, a decent all-rounder that has performed well in the first three races of the season in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Australia.

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Red Bull not affected by Fallows leaving

But Red Bull don’t seem to be suffering without Fallows, and while Christian Horner took a dig at his former employee calling the AMR23 as the “Old Red Bull Car” after Fernando Alonso took his first podium of the 2023 F1 season in Bahrain, the Briton insists his technical team has become stronger following Fallows’ departure.

“In the UK you’ve got seven teams within probably a 50-mile radius, so inevitably there’s going to be competition,” Horner told Sky Sports News.

“We’ve had very low turnover of staff in our history at Red Bull, and it’s great that we’ve given talent a chance to develop and achieve great things.

“When they go to other teams, I’m please for Dan that he’s doing a good job, but his departure has given other engineers an opportunity and everything’s about evolution.

“The team we have now is even stronger than the one we had two years ago. We’re always looking inwardly and looking ahead,” Horner concluded.

Indeed, the Red Bull technical team under the leader ship of the design guru Adrian Newey, have delivered another rocket ship, the RB19 that has won all three of this F1 season’s opening races, Bahrain and Australia with Max Verstappen, while Sergio Perez won in Saudi Arabia.