The Williams F1 Team has strengthened its aerodynamic team for the 2014 Formula 1 season, hiring David Wheater and Shaun Whitehead, formerly from Lotus and Red Bull Racing, respectively.
Wheater has been appointed as the Grove team’s Head of Aerodynamic Performance, while Whitehead has taken up the role of the team’s Head of Aerodynamic Process. Both will report directly to Jason Somerville, who heads up the entire aerodynamics department.
“These two appointments show our commitment to both improving the process of aerodynamic development while focussing on the application of that development to true on-track performance,” the team’s Chief Technical Officer, Pat Symonds, said.
“Dave and Shaun bring a wealth of experience to our team and I welcome them both to Grove and fully expect them to make significant contributions to the renewed competitiveness that we are all working so hard to achieve.
“With Dave and Shaun on board, and under Jason’s stewardship, we will be well positioned to make gains in this important area and support the continuing task of developing the FW36 in what promises to be an exciting year for the sport in 2014.”
The two will prove to be valuable additions to the team’s technical line-up in the wake of the outfit’s worst season in its history. The team finished ninth in the Constructors’ Championship, with just two points’ finishes all season.
The team enters the 2015 with Mercedes’ turbocharged engines, with Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa as drivers.