Red Bull & Aston Martin F1 Bosses at Crossroads Over Recent Recruitment Shuffles

Published 07/07/2021, 12:49 PM EDT
SOCHI, RUSSIA: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks in a press conference during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Laurent Charniaux – Pool/Getty Images)


Formula One is a competitive sport, but even away from the track, they have some battles. One, in particular, is over certain personnel that can help one team have an edge over the other. This time it’s Red Bull’s Dan Fallows who is set to become Technical Director at Aston Martin.

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However, team principal, Christian Horner of Red Bull thinks it will take a few more years for Fallow to join the Silverstone-based squad, but Aston Martin’s Otmar Szafnauer thinks they won’t have to wait that long as Horner has suggested.

Red Bull and Aston Martin dispute over a team personnel

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As quoted from FormulaPassion.it, Horner said, “He will start working at Aston Martin in a couple of years.” While Otmar doesn’t agree with the timeline for his new employee to join the team, he hopes that Fallows can be integrated at Aston Martin as soon as possible.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner in the FIA Press Conference FIA/

Szafnauer said, “I doubt that the wait will be two years. He is still under contract with Red Bull. I don’t know how long they will keep him working on this year’s car, we will try to ensure that he enters our ranks as soon as possible.” (Translated from Italian via Google translate)

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Szafnauer sees the team being competitive next year

Last season, saw the British team finished fourth in the standings, only just being beaten by McLaren for the third spot. Now this season, saw the team bring in Sebastian Vettel to help them with their title aspirations. However, it hasn’t gone quote their way, but have managed to secure a podium at the Azerbaijan GP.

Team principal, Szafnauer thinks the Silverstone-based team will find its mojo, next year just in time for the new regulations to set into the sport and new team members joining.

He said, “Our staff already work with highly valued technicians, but we are few compared to the top teams and in fact we are planning other announcements that we will make official shortly.”

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 Aston Martin team principal and chief executive officer Otmar Szafnauer during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

We will have a new factory and a new wind tunnel, tools that will help us to be more and more competitive, even if I believe that already in 2022 we will be able to have our say in anticipation of further growth thanks to the new purchases,” Otmar concluded.

With the season still having a long way to go, do you think that the team will improve this year and climb up their way in the constructor’s championship? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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