Ex-Red Bull design chief doesn’t want Aston Martin to copy them

Dan Fallows worked at Red Bull for 16 years before joining Aston Martin at the start of 2022.

Red Bull finally ended their constructors’ title drought in 2022, with their previous victory coming in 2013 as Sebastian Vettel claimed his fourth consecutive drivers’ championship.

The team’s success was partially down to the failures of Ferrari and Mercedes under the new regulations, however you can only beat what is in front of you as the team comfortably took home their first title as a team in nine years.

Dan Fallows worked as the aerodynamic chief at Red Bull as part of his 16 years with the team, before departing for Aston Martin at the start of the year, and has revealed how the energy drink giants have been constantly so good.

“They’ve managed to, over a period of years, iron out issues in every aspect of the team. So whether that be the race team, the manufacturing facilities, the design office,” he said.

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“A lot of building that kind of success is making sure that there are no areas where you have substantial weaknesses. I’m very proud that I was part of that on the engineering side.

“They’re an incredibly strong team. I do have an experience of what I means to win races and win championships and I think really the key message is that you just have to make sure that with every aspect of what you’re doing there are no holes, there are no things which you’re doing that can be compromised or can compromise your performance as you go along.”

The departure of Sebastian Vettel and the introduction of new regulations in 2014 saw Red Bull step back into the shadows for a while, as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg helped Mercedes hoover up every trophy in sight for a number of years.

Fallows has been asked whether he plans to take what he has learned from Red Bull over to Aston Martin, to which he told reporters that every team has to have its own methods and way of doing things.

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“The important thing for us is to make sure that we don’t just replicate what our competitors are doing,” explained Fallows.

“We don’t believe that’s going to help us overtake the likes of Mercedes, Red Bull or Ferrari. So we have to develop our own way of doing things and that does take time.”

New Aston Martin driver Fernando Alonso has boldly claimed that he hopes to challenge for his third championship within a couple of years with his new team, meaning that everyone with Aston Martin is fully trusting in the team’s process since their introduction to the grid in 2021.