Mercedes poaches two Red Bull senior engineers

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Looking to go one position further in the 2014 Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes has claimed two senior engineers from the Red Bull team that beat them to the top this past season.

Mark Ellis and Giles Wood, who served as Red Bull’s chief engineer of vehicle dynamics and chief engineer of simulation and analysis respectively, are now on their way to Brackley and will begin work with the ‘Silver Arrows’ in June of 2014.

Ellis and Wood will serve in newly-created positions at Mercedes, with Ellis coming on as performance director and Wood as chief engineer for simulations and development.

“These two newly-created roles will further strengthen the team’s technical organisation, particularly in the fields of simulation and vehicle dynamics,” Mercedes said in a statement.

While Red Bull has dominated Formula One over the last four seasons, their success has also made them a prime target for staff poaching – especially so in recent times as teams come to grips with the new technical regulations for 2014.

Earlier this month, Shaun Whitehead left Red Bull to become Williams’ head of aerodynamic process, and in October, McLaren confirmed that it would have the services of Red Bull’s head of aerodynamics, Peter Prodromou, starting in 2015.

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”