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Prodromou vows 'new chapter' at McLaren

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Peter Prodromou played a key role in Red Bull's recent domination © Sutton Images

Peter Prodromou has officially started his second stint at Mclaren as chief engineer with the promise of doing everything he can to return the team to past glories.

Prodromou, who played a key role in Red Bull's recent dominance of the sport, worked for McLaren between 1991 and 2006, during which time it won two constructors' titles and four drivers' championships. McLaren announced on Monday he had started his new job with the team, ending a protracted move from Red Bull which was originally due to start in 2015.

The early start was announced by Ron Dennis in June, believed to be part of a deal over aerodynamicist Dan Fallows, who was due to move to McLaren but will now remain at Red Bull.

"It's fantastic to return to McLaren, and to see a mixture of faces old and new," Prodromou said. "Of course, I have first-hand experience of just what a passionate, focused and capable race team exists within these walls, and I've already seen the enthusiasm and positivity that exists to return McLaren to world championship-winning glory. I, too, am determined to work flat-out to do everything I can to help initiate a new chapter of success in McLaren's history."

McLaren's chief operating officer Jonathan Neale says the appointment shows the team is serious about returning to winning ways, with its last victory coming at the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix.

"I'm delighted to welcome Peter back to McLaren," Neale said. "He joins us at an extremely exciting time: we're making exciting progress with our new engine partner, and our entire design department has been galvanised and motivated by an ongoing restructure that has really begun to bed-in and deliver results.

"His position as chief engineer will enable him to play to his considerable strengths as a top-flight aerodynamicist and an engineer, and I'm sure he'll dovetail seamlessly with his fellow engineers. We're steadily putting everything in place to ensure that McLaren can once again return to its race- and world championship-winning ways.

"We're under no illusions that we're yet there, but Peter's appointment is a very significant one, and is also a very public reminder that we're adding strength in depth to our organisation all the time."

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