Now, Symonds hopes that Wheater and Whitehead can help Williams make the most of next year’s new technical regulations and move the team up the running order.
“These two appointments show our commitment to both improving the process of aerodynamic development while focussing on the application of that development to true on-track performance,” Symonds said in a team statement.
“Dave and Shaun bring a wealth of experience to our team and I welcome them both to Grove and fully expect them to make significant contributions to the renewed competitiveness that we are all working so hard to achieve.
“With Dave and Shaun on board, and under Jason’s stewardship, we will be well positioned to make gains in this important area and support the continuing task of developing the FW36 in what promises to be an exciting year for the sport in 2014.”
Both Wheater and Whitehead will report to Williams’ head of aerodynamics, Jason Somerville, who said in his own thoughts that he was pleased to have them on the team – regarding them as “first class talents” that have “enviable track records within F1.”
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.