Sept.30 – Aldo Costa and Geoff Willis to join Mercedes GP technical department, Costa was Ex-technical directors of the Ferrari; he set to take the role of engineering director at the start of December while Willis, who previously worked Brackley from 2001 to 2006 before heading to Red Bull and then HRT, will be the team’s new technology director from October 17th.
Costa will be responsible for design and development and Willis will head the aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics, control systems and simulation functions.
“I am delighted to announce that Aldo Costa and Geoff Willis will be joining the Mercedes GP Petronas team,” said team boss Ross Brawn. Geoff is a highly respected engineer with over twenty years of Formula One experience, and we look forward to his arrival next month. Having worked closely with Aldo for many years, I know that he will bring dedication and Championship-winning expertise to the team when he joins in December.
“Building a winning team is an exciting challenge for us all as we work towards the competitiveness and standards that we aspire to as the Mercedes-Benz works team. With a strong technical structure led by Bob Bell, we are moving ourselves into the best possible position to achieve our ambitions.”
Mercedes Motorsport VP Norbert Hug reckons the appointment of the duo is a sign of intent from Mercedes GP.
“Since Mercedes GP Petronas was formed as a new team in early 2010, we have been putting in place the building blocks for success. Our technical organisation was strengthened by the arrival of Bob Bell and, working closely with Ross, he has identified the areas where we can improve still further,” he said.
“Aldo and Geoff will reinforce our technical management and bring the experience required to harness the talents of our people in Brackley; we have also recruited and invested at other levels in order to maximise our competitiveness under the Resource Restriction Agreement. Our goal remains to progress step by step in order to establish ourselves as a front-running team for the long term, in line with the tradition of the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows.”
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