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GP Week : Issue 192
F1 >>> nEWs MclAREN gETs ITs (2015) MAN McLaren has managed to poach Red Bull head of aerodynamics Peter Prodromou, luring him away from the reigning world champions as part of the Woking racers’ bid to return to the sharp end of the field. A key part of Red Bull’s continued world championship success and a former McLaren man, Prodromou still has to serve the term of his Red Bull contract, and though neither Red Bull nor McLaren revealed exactly when the Briton is expected to change uniforms, it is believed that Prodromou will move across in 2015. “Yes, we have recruited Peter,” McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale told reporters over the Japanese Grand Prix weekend. “We're really excited about him joining the team. 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. 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.” McLaren have endured a trying year thus far, their car proving to be woefully uncompetitive with neither Jenson Button nor sergio Perez gracing the podium all season – a ‘record’ the team last set in 1980. senior team personnel have long acknowledged that a win is beyond the realm of possibility this year, despite recent improvements. In Korea McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh promised “headline-grabbing” appointments to the technical team, sparking speculation that Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn was on the move. But Prodromou – thought to have been in line to take over from the legendary Adrian Newey when the multiple world championship-winning technical director eventually decided to call it a day – seems to have been the announcement Whitmarsh was talking about. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said the Woking-based squad faced a long wait before being able to get their hands on Prodromou. “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,” Christian Horner told Reuters. “We won't force him to stay; if it's his choice to leave then he'll leave at the end of his contract. But we are quite some way off that.” 11 GPWEEK.com // 11 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: