The Williams team has announced some new appointments to its technical team in the wake of its recent major reshuffle.
One of the announcements is that it has hired (although rehired would be a better description) Jason Somerville as its Head of Aerodynamics. Somerville is most famous for designing BMW’s Le Mans 24 Hours winner before he first joined the team in 1997. By the time he was hired by the Toyota F1 team in 2003, Somerville was the joint head of aerodynamics at Williams. After Toyota bailed from the sport at the end of 2009, he joined Renault.
Somerville will be joined at Williams by Professor Mark Gillan, who will assume the title of Chief Operations Engineer. His F1 career dates back to 1998 when he joined McLaren and stayed there for four seasons. In 2002, he joined the Jaguar F1 project before taking up a professorship at the University of Surrey, and later moving into the role heading up aerodynamics at Toyota.
One of the other rumours doing the rounds is that the team’s departing technical director will be returning to his old roots – what was called Jordan is now better known as Force India.
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