Geoff Willis has split with HRT

Despite fairly unconvincing denials from within the team earlier last week, the HRT F1 team and technical consultant Geoff Willis have parted ways, with lead driver Vitantonio Liuzzi officially confirming the technical shake-up today in the Singapore Grand Prix paddock.

But despite the departure of a man widely considered to be among the best technical experts in the paddock, Liuzzi is confident that the backmarker outfit can continue in its goal to move further up the grid.

“It’s a shame that we lost Geoff because I was working well with him,” Liuzzi told reporters.

“But the team principal [Colin Kolles] has got a clear picture in his head and I am confident that it is the right plan,” he added.

“This is a circus where people come and go pretty quickly, it’s the same for drivers and for engineers. I’m sure that the team is facing a brighter future.”

Willis – formerly a designer with Williams, BAR/Honda and Red Bull Racing – is rumoured to be replaced by former Honda/Brawn deputy technical director Jorg Zander.

[Image via HRT F1 Media]

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