Aston Martin has been warned by F1 rival Red Bull it will have to wait until 2023 to land its new technical director.
Red Bull decided to trump Aston Martin by announcing its head of aerodynamics Dan Fallows would be leaving the team he joined in 2006, albeit stating that would not be until the end of his contract.
Asked to clarify the contractual side of the situation, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner refused to go into exact detail, other than to state Fallows would not be leaving "for a couple of years".
In response, Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer stated that with regard to Fallows' start time, he is "still working on that".
He added: "It is 100 per cent signed, sealed, delivered Dan is coming, it's just a matter of the timing."
Questioned as to why the team had not confirmed Fallows itself, Szafnauer replied: "We announced the restructuring and we were going to announce Dan in due course, but we don't control what Red Bull do.
"I'm grateful they [Red Bull] announced Dan, he's a great addition to our team, a like-minded individual, he's a high performer, he's won world championships, he knows Seb [Vettel], so we look forward to Dan joining."
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