Ferrari has made the first of what will no doubt be many steps to address the woes in its technical department by signing former McLaren and Red Bull Racing aerodynamicist Ben Agathangelou to its line-up.
Having graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in aeronautics and astronautics, London-born Agathangelou joined the McLaren team in 1994, staying there for three years.
He moved to Tyrrell and then joined Honda’s ultimately stillborn F1 project, helping to design its RA099 prototype car alongside Dr Harvey Postlethwaite before his unexpected death in 1999.
With the Honda project having collapsed, Agathangelou joined Benetton before moving to the Jaguar team in 2001, where he headed up the designs of the team’s cars raced in the 2002-4 seasons.
He also designed what became the first Red Bull Racing challenger when the drinks giant bought the Jaguar team at the start of the 2005 season, but left the outfit in 2007 due to a personnel shake-up brought about by Adrian Newey joining the team as the team’s technical lead.
He stayed away from Formula 1 until 2010 when he returned to the sport with the Hispania Racing F1 Team, and then switched to the Marussia outfit before Ferrari came knocking.
Agathangelou will work in the Ferrari team’s aerodynamics department, and the squad will no doubt be hoping he can uncover some cures for the F2012’s woeful handling and straight-line speed.