McLaren Staff Wars!
The good thing about not declaring yourself a news website is that you don't have to keep correcting and altering stories as time goes by. This blog is about analysis and re-capping stories that might have become misunderstood because of all the twists and turns. One such story has been happening this week and although it might take further turns by the end of the week, I'll take my chances and write it up now.
A rumour has been going around for weeks that at least one high-level employee would follow Adiran Newey out of McLaren in the near future. The man most often mentioned was vehicles director (and former Ferrari employee) Nicolas Tombazis. Talking at the Barcelona test this week McLaren CEO Martin Whitmarsh was certain no staff were leaving. Just hours later, Newey's new team Red Bull, announce that they've signed McLaren's head of aerodynamic development Peter Prodromou. This is, well would be, a huge coup for the team. By the end of the day though McLaren hit back with a press release of their own claiming that Prodromou would be staying until the end of his contract and thus will be involved in both the season-long development of the 2006 car and the design of the 2007 car. There is no official word yet about Tombazis except to say that his contract also runs until late in the year. So, in conclusion, nothing has really changed this week.