Janes leaves Cosworth
former Cosworth head of F1 race engineering, Michael
Janes, has joined Ilmor to be their new MotoGP team manager.
Since the departure of Cosworth from Formula One became clear, it
was logical that lot of team members would be dispatched everywhere
in other motorsport compagnies, as did Alex Hitzinger earlier with
Red Bull. If Cosworth wants to return in F1 in the next years by
taking advantage of the frozen engine rule, it will be tough to
reform an engine team as good as it was during all its history in
Formula One and particulary these last years.
Williams hires another Renault man
to the magazine Autosport, Rod
Nelson, who was Fernando Alonso's track engineer, has joined
Williams to be its new chief race and test engineer.
former Goodyear chief designer and engineering manager between 1964
and 1978 retired. After departing from Goodyear, he has been Shadow
F1 team manager and then Yokohama consultant since 1982.
Super Aguri prepares 2007
White Draughting Ltd, a consultancy compagny founded by Paul White,
who departed from Toyota in 2005, has been handling some of the
Super Aguri SA07 project together with the team. Prior to being
hired by the Leafield team earlier this year, Paul White worked
with Jordan, Sauber and then became Toyota's head of development.
John Davis to Lola
Williams aerodynamicist, John
Davis, has joined Lola to replace Chris Saunders as technology
centre manager. This one departed for Red Bull in Formula One to
strengthen their aerodynamic department which has, by the way, lost
Ben Mallock who returned to Honda earlier this year.
Renault race team reshuffle
Symonds has taken more management responsibilities which see
him working closer to team boss Flavio Briatore. As a result Alan
Permane, former Fisichella race engineer, has been appointed
chief race engineer. On the engine side Denis
Chevrier will oversee the Red Bull engine operations in addition
to his current responsabilities and Fabrice
Lom, former Fisichella race engineer, will head the co-ordination
of the Red Bull track support.
Lacey joins McLaren
Lacey, who was one of the three Honda chief aerodynamicists before
the departure of Willem Toët
and the promotion of Mariano
Alperin to lead the department, has joined McLaren to replace
who recently became Red Bull head of aerodynamics.
End of an era
Ross Brawn leaves Ferrari
and Paolo Martinelli
joins FIAT. They will be both replaced by Mario
Almondo who becomes technical director after being head of organisation
and human ressources during one year in the Ferrari group. The chassis
and the engine departments will be headed respectively by Aldo
Costa and Gilles Simon,
they will report directly to Almondo.
Another changes but not in the engineering side, Jean Todt becomes
Ferrari CEO, but keeps his job of general director of the GES as
an interim (must we understand someone like Ross
Brawn or Michael Schumacher will replace him for this job soon
?) and Stefano Domenicalli becomes sporting director.
Two technical reshuffles
seasons' ends always bring many technical reshuffles. We are all
strongly waiting for Ferrari's announcement coming this week, but
let's begin with two major structures in formula one, Williams and
in the Grove based team, we can notice lots of arrivals. Jon Tomlinson,
as already stated, became head of aerodynamic department and was
joined by former McLaren senior aerodynamicist, Amit Chakraborty.
The chief designer job, empty since the beginning of 2006, has been
given earlier this year to Ed Wood, a former Prodrive, Ferrari and
Renault designer. He will be joined by John
Russell who has already worked ten years for Williams before
becomming chief designer at Jaguar Racing in 2000. Sam
Michael's role is also said to be redifined to spend more time
at the factory.
the Bridgestone side, as other engineers involved in F1, Hisao
Suganuma will return to Japan and leave F1 but will remain in
the motorsport department. The technical management will be taken
over by two engineers currently detached to Ferrari, Kees van der
Grint and Jun Matsuzaki. Hirohide
Hamashima and Hiroshi Yasukawa will have their responsabilities
extended with MotoGP in addition of Formula One.
Renault F1's aero men on their way
Tomlinson and Nicolas Hennel,
both former Renault F1's aero men, have joined respectively Williams
and, earlier this year, McLaren. The first will join the Loïc
Bigois team to try to strenghthen the Williams principal weakness,
the aerodynamic side. And the second has been appointed principal
aerodynamicist at the Woking based team.
Hitzinger joins the Red Bull F1 "group"
former Cosworth F1 head of development, Alex
Hitzinger, has joined Red Bull to be its head of advanced technologies
as well as the new Toro Rosso technical director, replacing Gabriele
Tredozi. He will begin his new jobs on november 1st and will
be based at the Faenza factory.
Super Aguri's organisation in evolution
a relatively good season regarding their financial ressources, Super
Aguri decided to make its organisation evolve as its staff is currently
growing. Mark Preston
remains the technical chief but his job has been renamed technical
director, Graham Taylor (former chief track engineer) is promoted
to sporting director, Ben
Wood remains aerodynamic leader as head of aerodynamics, Stephen
Watt becomes head of electronics and Gerry
Hughes will assume the new role of head of research and development
as well as maintaining his current job of track engineer for Takuma
Trulli loses track engineer
Oikarinen, Trulli's track engineer at Toyota, has left the team.
He will be replaced for the three remaining races by Gianluca Pisanello.
Tredozi leaves Toro Rosso
Tredozi has left Toro Rosso after being with the Faenza based
team for 19 years. It is said that Gerhard Berger is trying to hire
the current Maserati's technical director, Giorgio
Ascanelli, to replace Tredozi.
Gascoyne joins the new Spyker F1 team
Gascoyne has been announced to be part of the new team Spyker
F1, following its acquisition of Midland F1. The british engineer
will then be back to the Siverstone based team he has left five
years ago to be the new chief technology officer on November 1st.
James Key will however
remain in his role of technical director.
Mark Gillan returns to F1
former Jaguar/Red Bull's head of vehicle performance, Mark
Gillan, will come back to Formula One in 2007 to be the new
Toyota's head of aerodynamics, reporting directly to Pascal
Vasselon. Mark Gillan
will start working on January 1st.
Altran Engineering Academy result
old Swede, Gustav Kristiansson, became the third winner of the Altran
Engineering Academy after Mark Caldwell (2004) and Isaac Prada (2005).
He has been rewarded by a paid six-month stint in the Renault F1
Team's R&D department in Enstone, with a company car and a paid
Wirth involved on Honda's project
former Benetton chief designer, Nick
Wirth, is currently reworking the Courage LC75s which will be
used by Honda, next year, under the Acura brand, to compete in the
ALMS LMP2 class. It is also said that Wirth
will be involved in the future Honda LPM1 project.
Duesmann joins BMW
Duesmann will finally join BMW in january 2007, he will replace
Heinz Paschen who
is leaving the compagny. According to BMW, it was the former Mercedes
engineering director who approached them and not the contrary.
Barnard comes back to Moto GP ?
former famous F1 engineer, John
Barnard, could be back in Moto GP, working with the engineering
compagny Ricardo to create a team. After Prost GP closed down in
has been involved in the Kenny Roberts' team in Moto GP and then
focused on running his own compagny, B3 Technologies, involved in
various engineering domains, Formula One included.
Willis leaves Honda
Honda's technical director since 2002, Geoff
Willis, has left
the team. He has been replaced by Jacky
will be the head of the race technical team, and by Shuhei
Nakamoto who becomes the new senior technical director.
Duesmann leaves Mercedes
former Mercedes director of engineering, Markus Duesmann has left
the team, according to the magazine Autosport. Axel Wendorff and
Andy Cowell, the two Mercedes chief engineers, will probably take
the lead as it was before Duesmann's arrival.
Midland strengthen its aerodynamic department
Midland F1 team announced the hiring of Tony License, who comes
from Williams, to strengthen its aerodynamic department. He will
report to Simon Phillips,
the team chief aerodynamicist.
License has been aerodynamicist for Jordan before joining Williams
to work on their new wind-tunnel.
John Probst joins Red Bull in NASCAR
Probst has joined the Red Bull NASCAR team as their new technical
director and Günther
Steiner will finally be a technical consultant.
Prior to that, Probst has been a Ford engineer. He was involved
in Formula One with Stewart and Jaguar through Ford Electronics
Racing, before becoming the Ford Racing Technology Champ Car Program
Manager and later vehicle dynamics supervisor for Ford Racing Technology.
Vasselon has been confirmed in his role of technical leader
of the chassis team. However, he won't be the new technical director
but general manager chassis as Luca
Marmorini who will be general manager engine.
Marmorini takes also the overall responsability of the
and Keizo Takahashi
remain in their technical co-ordination roles.
Tsutomu Nagashima, the senior executive co-ordinator, will take
a lead in the chassis departement and will have the responsability
of all special projects.
Murray is setting up his own business
Murray has revealed that he was setting up his own car compagny.
The first project will be a prototype sports car which he wants
to design and to product. His compagny could
also be involved in the production of a city car on which
Honda promotes Alperin
Alperin will now take the overall responsability of the aerodynamics
in his new role of chief aerodynamicist. Before that, the former
BAR's aerodynamic department was headed in collaboration by three
chief aérodynamicists : Mariano
Alperin, Simon Lacey and Willem
Toët, who departed earlier this year for BMW-Sauber.
New track engineer for Massa
Smedley replaced Gabriele
Delli-Colli as Felipe Massa' track engineer for the European
Grand Prix. According to the rumour, the Ferrari's driver would
have asked this change.
Red Bull continues hiring
After having hired Keith Saunt (ex-Renault's head of manufacturing)
as operation director at the beginning of the month, Red Bull has
engaged Neil Martin, the former McLaren's team leader of operational
research, as their new head of strategic operations.
Anderson leaves Racing Engineering
Two months after having joined the GP2 team, Racing Engineering,
as Adam Carroll's track engineer, Gary
Anderson decided to leave the team because he thought Carroll
needed a full-time commitment engineer, which he was unable to be.
The technical director, John Gentry, replaced him to this position
since the last Imola GP2 race.
Altran Engineering Academy
For the third year, Renault F1 and Altran are offering the opportunity
for young engineers to get involved in a Formula One team by winning
a 6-month placement with the Renault F1 Team. Students entering
the competition must submit a project featuring technological innovation
in one of these following disciplines : aerodynamics, power, performance
engineering, vehicle dynamics, control systems, electronics, materials
transducers and fuel technology. Candidates have to register by
2006 before 5:00 PM Paris time, and will find more information on
the website : http://www.altran-academy.com.
Robin Tuluie, head of Renault F1 R&D, will be notably
one of the judges of the competition.
another Renault F1 member is involved in such a competition with Jon
Hilton being chief judge of the Formula
Student 2006 event.
Zander leaves Williams
The German chief designer, Jörg
Zander, has left Williams for personnal reasons. The
team precised that it was unrelated to his work performance.
Williams said that they don't need an immediate replacement and
believes that the technical team is strong enough to withstand this
Steiner leaves F1
will join the Red Bull Toyota NASCAR team in april of
this year as technical director.
has joined the Red Bull F1 team at the beginning of 2005 with Christian
Horner to replace the former management. But the recent recruitments
made by Horner, notably with Adrian
Newey and Mark Smith, make that
there isn't any place for
Steiner in the technical management.
Has Horner forseen stability in his plans to progress in the championship
Some changes ...
The former Honda head of test engineering, Mark
Ellis, has been appointed chief engineer in charge of
the Midland side, Bradley
Joyce will be the race engineer of Christijan Albers and Jody
take in charge Tiago Monteiro.
Anderson returns in motorsport
Anderson has joined Racing Engineering in GP2 as track engineer
for their new driver, Adam Carroll. He will find there another former
F1 engineer, John Gentry, who is technical director.
Season review of 2006
2006 season review is now available here.
Rob Taylor to McLaren
to the british magazine Autosport, Rob
Taylor is no longer
head of vehicle design at
Red Bull and will shortly join McLaren as senior designer.
Tombazis returns to Ferrari
former McLaren vehicle project director, Nikolas
Tombazis, will return to Ferrari in March to be chief
designer. He will report directly to the new head of development
and design, Aldo Costa.
Byrne and Costa
will still report to the technical director, Ross
Neil Oatley appointed design and development director
former executive director of engineering, Neil
Oatley, has been appointed design and development director at
McLaren. In this new role he will oversee the car specification
and design programme, defining the specification for each race and
supervising the build and approval processes for each new component.
Prodromou to Red Bull
McLaren chief aerodynamicist, Peter
Prodromou has signed for Red Bull for the 2007 season. However
McLaren said the british engineer will still work on the MP4-21
and MP4-22 projects until his transfer.
The rumor says also that Nikolas
Tombazis might leave the Woking based team for Ferrari.
Brown joins Chip Ganassi Racing
Brown has joined Chip Ganassi Racing where he will be the Dan
Wheldon track engineer. Until now he was Panther Racing chief engineer
where he previously met the british driver in 2002.
Top engineers for the Fisichella's GP2 team
Corbett, who has joined Red Bull at the end of 2005, will finally
work for the Fisichella's GP2 team, FMS, as technical director.
He will be joined by the former Ferrari engineer Vincenzo Castorino
who will be head of data aquisition, simulations and race strategies.
Castorino was at Ferrari since 1989 where he was notably
track engineer for Michael Schumacher before being at the
head of track customer engines.
Byrne to stay as a consultant
Ferrari chief designer, Rory
Byrne, who will retire from this job at the end of this year,
will stay in the compagny as a consultant for two years. He will
assist the f1 team and will be involved in road car development.
Changes in the Toyota's technical staff
Arai has replaced Keizo
Takahashi as director technical co-ordination and after the
departure of the former chief designer, Gustav
Brunner, Pascal Vasselon
has been appointed general manager car design and development.
Movements at Ferrari
Almondo has been appointed head of human ressources and organisation
department in the Ferrari Group since september 2005. As Ferrari
has done for several years, Almondo
will be replaced by internal promotion. It's Corrado
Lanzone, the former head of mechanical production,
who will replace him and Fabrizion Fuschillo who will take over
the former job of
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Toet joins BMW-Sauber
former BAR chief aerodynamicist, Willem
Toet has taken recently the responsibility
of the BMW-Sauber aerodynamic department. As Mario
Theissen said, the aerodynamic department is strengthening,
so Seamus Mullarkey
might stay in the team with an influent job.
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