Former Ferrari chief designer Nikolas Tombazis has been appointed as chief aerodynamicist at Manor F1.
Since 1992, Tombazis has worked in the Formula 1 industry at Benetton, McLaren and Ferrari. From 2006 until the end of 2014, he was chief designer at Ferrari, he begins his role at Manor with immediate effect, working under technical director John McQuillam.
“I am very happy to be joining the Manor F1 Team at this exciting time in its development,” said Tombazis. “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.”
McQulilam added, “I am delighted to announce Nikolas in the position of Chief Aerodynamicist. 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.”
Manor enters the 2016 season with Mercedes engines after spending all of last season back of the grid with 2014-spec Ferrari engines.