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Renault and Williams select new heads of aerodynamics // Fresh faces at Enstone and Grove

Published by Christine Blachford

Renault and Williams select new heads of aerodynamics
Credit: Renault Sport F1 Team
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With launches just around the corner, teams are making the final tweaks to their line-ups ahead of the 2017 season. Williams have confirmed the appointment of Dirk de Beer, bringing him on board as head of aerodynamics to start next month. Dirk was previously employed at Ferrari but has also worked at Sauber and Renault.

Deputy team principal Claire Williams said: “Having spent several years as a head of aerodynamics in Formula 1, his knowledge and technical expertise will undoubtedly be a great asset to the team in our continued push to restore Williams to the front of the grid.”

Meanwhile, Renault have also filled the vacancy of head of aerodynamics at their squad, with Pete Machin joining the Enstone outfit from Red Bull. Managing director Cyril Abiteboul said: “The latest generation of regulations are, if anything, more aero-crucial than before so to have Pete join us at such a time of exciting evolution will be of the greatest benefit. Pete will fit into our existing structure and we expect to see the fruits of his labours come on stream later in the year.”