Prodromou's early arrival will provide 'big step' for McLaren
McLaren boss Ron Dennis is confident the early arrival of aerodynamicist Peter Prodromou from Red Bull will offer his team a big step forward for 2015.
McLaren announced it had poached Prodromou last year, but he was originally not due to start until his Red Bull contract expired at the beginning of 2015. Dennis has now revealed he will now join in September, which is believed to be part of a deal to end the dispute over aerodynamicist Dan Fallows, who was due to move to McLaren but will now remain at Red Bull.
Dennis is confident Prodromou will be a big boost for the aero department at McLaren and is excited about that coinciding with Honda's arrival as engine supplier.
"We've got Peter Prodromou joining us in September so that will be a big step," Dennis said. "It will bolster our revitalised aero team, so I'm not concerned about aero performance next year, it will come right.
"We've got a steep curve with Honda, but at the end of the day we were with them for five years [between 1988 and 1992] and won 50% of the races. So I'm not worried about getting there with Honda, it's just going to be a bit challenging at the beginning. This is motor racing, it goes up and down, you've just got to keep your head down and keep working."
However, Dennis said McLaren would not give up on 2014 despite struggling for performance this year.
"We never write anything off. We're going to fight until the last grand prix, that's in the nature of the team. It's certainly not a write off. I'm very much aware of what's coming down the road and we've just got to get developments on the car.
"The regulations are relatively stable for the next couple of years and you have to have constant performance. There is no opportunity to stop and take breaths, you've got to be developing and try and come to terms."