As several key figures in Red Bull’s aerodynamics department leave the current quadruple champions, one man may have elected to stay at the team.
Last year it was confirmed that Peter Prodromou had signed for McLaren; however, Red Bull said the man, who is the number two to chief designer Adrian Newey, could not leave until his contract was over.
Now it is believed Red Bull bosses have used the winter to convince Prodromou to stay with the team beyond his current contract which is rumoured to end after this year.
“The story is circulating that Prodromou has changed his mind and now wants to stay with Red Bull,” a report with the Red Bull linked Speed Week said.
Should this be true then a legal battle could ensue between Red Bull and McLaren as Prodromou had signed a binding contract with the Woking team, the other solution is for a monetary settlement to be made between the two parties.
Certainly keeping Prodromou would be a major plus for the Milton Keynes team after what turned into a pretty disastrous opening test in Spain last week.
The team ended the week slowest overall completing the least number of laps as well as a spat growing between Newey, his design team and Renault.
Despite being well known for producing very quick racing cars, Newey’s designs are also noticeable for their tight aerodynamic packaging.
It is believed that such is the importance of cooling the new V6 power units, that perhaps the 55-year-old has gone a little too extreme with the RB10.
As for the man himself, speaking to Italy’s Autosprint, he admitted that in the early part of the season, much of the development and focus will be on the engines rather than aerodynamics.
“At least in the early part of the season,” Newey is quoted by Italy’s Autosprint, “we will be talking about an ‘engine formula’.
“Reliability, power, fuel consumption — they will be decisive factors,” he added. “The aerodynamics will only really count once these new V6s have matured.
“But it has to be said that we are relying on the ‘power unit’ not only on Renault — there are many other suppliers.
“And each of them will have to adapt to the development speed of modern Formula One,” said Newey.
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