McLaren has confirmed that Peter Prodromou, currently head of aerodynamics at Red Bull, will return to the team.
Prodromou worked for McLaren between 2000 and 2005 before joining Red Bull in 2006.
Prodromou has been a key part of the team behind Red Bull’s domination of Formula 1, with the Milton Keynes based team set to wrap up a fourth successive world title this month.
It is unclear when Prodromou will be allowed to start work at McLaren.
“It is for Red Bull to talk about his leave dates, but yes, we have recruited Peter,” said McLare managing director Jonathan Neale.
“We’re really excited about him joining the team. It’s not a one-off we’re doing. There are other things we’re doing to strengthen our team. It’s a series of moves as we head to 2015 with Honda to make sure this team stays at the forefront of F1 and is set for winning ways.”
It is understood that Prodromou’s contract with Red Bull runs until the end of 2014.
McLaren has endured a difficult season, with neither Jenson Button nor Sergio Perez securing a top four finish in 2013.
The team is currently fifth in the Constructors’ championship.