De Beer to join Williams as Head of Aerodynamics

Williams will have a new Head of Aerodynamics on March 1 - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

The Williams Martini Racing team will have a new Head of Aerodynamics on March 1, when former Sauber and Renault employee Dirk de Beer takes over.

After a brief spell with Sauber, de Beer spent five years at Renault before moving to Scuderia Ferrari in 2013 as Chief Aerodynamicist, where he remained until midway through last season.

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

“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.”

Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams has welcomed de Beer’s appointment, and feels he will have a positive impact moving forward.

“We’re delighted to have someone with Dirk’s vast experience joining us,” admitted Williams. “Having spent several years as a Head of Aerodynamics in Formula One, 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.”