F1 Hires Engineers to Shape the Sport’s Future


Ross Brawn is already making strides in his new F1 role. Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd.

Ross Brawn, the mastermind behind Scuderia Ferrari‘s success in the early 2000s and now Formula One’s Managing Director of Motorsports, has headed a move that sees Formula One management hire two engineers to guide future changes to the sport.

Jason Somerville and Craig Wilson will become head of aerodynamics and head of vehicle performance respectively and each come with a wealth of motor racing experience having worked for the likes of Williams, Toyota, Lotus, BAR, Honda, Brawn and Williams.

Both Somerville and Wilson, along with the FIA’s technical department, will form a group headed by Brawn and charged with the task of creating a new Formula, a new set of rules that will aim to make F1 more entertaining and increase the sport’s sustainability.

Further to Somerville and Wilson’s positions, F1 has also placed former BAR, Honda, Brawn and Mercedes employee Nigel Kerr, as the new finance director. Kerr’s task is to create a new financial strategy for Formula One.

Talking to motorsport.com about the new appointments, Brawn said: “I am delighted to welcome three extremely experienced figures who have established themselves as experts within Formula 1 over many decades.

“We are building a team that enables stronger links to be forged between Formula 1’s management and the sport’s various stakeholders, ensuring that regulations are implemented with the involvement of all parties.”