Williams hires ex-Ferrari F1 tire chief Antonio Spagnolo

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Williams has confirmed the signing of ex-Ferrari Formula 1 tire chief Antonio Spagnolo as it moves to bolster its engineering team.

Spagnolo spent over 10 years with Ferrari in a variety of roles, working as Kimi Raikkonen’s race engineer and Fernando Alonso’s performance engineer before becoming head of tire performance group in 2015.

Spagnolo left Ferrari in February, and will now make the move to Williams in the role of competitor analysis and performance concept team leader.

“In this role, which is focussed on augmenting car performance, Antonio will concentrate on understanding our competitors’ strengths and identifying areas of our performance which require prioritisation of resources,” a statement from Williams reads.

“Naturally, in view of his previous role at Ferrari, his considerable experience will be brought to bear in guiding our restructured Tire Performance Group to better understand and exploit both theoretical and practical aspects of tire performance.”

“Williams is determined to continue the positive momentum it has had since 2014 and, with new additions to the team, hopes to become even stronger,” Williams chief technical officer Pat Symonds said.

“We are constantly seeing ways to improve our performance and trackside operations and believe Antonio will make a valuable contribution to this process.

“As a team, we will do our utmost to achieve our on-track ambitions and secure strong positions in the constructors’ championship this season, and beyond.”