Ex-Ferrari F1 aero chief Nikolas Tombazis joins Manor

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Former Ferrari and McLaren chief aerodynamicist Nikolas Tombazis has joined Manor Marussia Formula 1 Team ahead of the 2016 season.

Tombazis has enjoyed a long and successful career in F1, entering the sport with Benetton back in 1992 before enjoying high-profile roles with McLaren and Ferrari.

After leaving Ferrari at the end of 2014, Tombazis will return to F1 in 2016 with Manor as the backmarker team continues its expansion.

“I am very happy to be joining the Manor F1 Team at this exciting time in its development,” Tombazis said.

“The team has impressive plans and is investing in all the right areas to achieve its on-track ambitions, so I am very much looking forward to being part of that journey.

“The existing design team is already very strong and I look forward to working with a great group of people to make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead to help us progress through the field over the next few seasons.”

Tombazis will start in the role immediately, reporting to Manor technical director John McQuilliam.

“I am delighted to announce Nikolas in the position of chief aerodynamicist,” McQuilliam said. I believe this appointment will help to amplify the efforts of a very talented design team that, in recent years, has not had the opportunity to showcase the full extent of their experience and capabilities.

“I am confident that, together with our new Mercedes power unit and Williams gearbox and technical partnership, our new aero structure will provide us with the strength to design and develop consistently competitive racing cars to help steer us towards our long-term ambitions.”