Dirk de Beer appointed Williams F1 head of aerodynamics

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Williams has announced that Dirk de Beer will join its Formula 1 operation as head of aerodynamics on March 1, three weeks before the start of the new season.

De Beer most recently worked as Ferrari’s head of aerodynamics, having previously enjoyed roles with Renault, BMW and Sauber, as well as being involved with IndyCar via Swift Engineering.

Williams confirmed on Thursday that de Beer would be joining on March 1, bolstering its senior technical team ahead of the new season.

“I am extremely pleased to be joining Williams. The team has an incredible heritage in Formula 1, and I’m proud to now be a part of that,” de Beer said.

“I’m looking forward to working with Dave Wheater and the Williams aero team to help continue driving forward the development of the car throughout the season and beyond. I would like to thank Williams for giving me this opportunity.”

Williams deputy F1 chief Claire Williams added: “We’re delighted to have someone with Dirk’s vast experience joining us. Having spent several years as a Head of Aerodynamics in Formula 1, his knowledge and technical expertise will undoubtedly be a great asset to the team in our continued push to restore Williams to the front of the grid.”