Former Ferrari chief designer Nikolas Tombazis has been appointed as the new Chief Aerodynamicist at Manor F1.
The Greece-born designer’s Formula 1 experience dates back to 1992 when he was hired by the Benetton team. He later went on to have stints at McLaren and Ferrari (twice at the latter).
He served as Ferrari’s chief designer since 2006 before being one of a number of senior technical managers – along with technical manager Pat Fry and tyre performance manager Hirohide Hamashima – to be fired by the Italian squad in the wake of its disastrous 2014 season.
Tombazis has since been on the job market until being picked up by the Manor F1 team, which has been steadily bolstering its technical ranks under the leadership of its Technical Director, John McQuilliam.
“I am delighted to announce Nikolas in the position of Chief Aerodynamicist,” McQuilliam said.
“I believe this appointment will help to amplify the efforts of a very talented design team that, in recent years, has not had the opportunity to showcase the full extent of their experience and capabilities. I am confident that, together with our new Mercedes power unit and Williams gearbox and technical partnership, our new aero structure will provide us with the strength to design and develop consistently competitive racing cars to help steer us towards our long-term ambitions.”
While Tombazis’ appointment will be too late to have much influence over the design of the team’s all-new Mercedes-Benz-powered car, he will work alongside the team’s highly-rated Head of Design, Luca Furbatto, who was quietly hired by the team over six months ago.
Furbatto served as Chief Designer at Scuderia Toro Rosso from 2012 to 2014, leading the designs of the STR7, STR8 and STR9 cars. Furbatto has previously worked at McLaren (2001-2011), Toyota (2000) and Tyrrell/BAR (1998-1999).
The team is yet to formally announce its driver line-up or confirm its official entry name following the departure of Manor co-founders John Booth and Graeme Lowdon at the end of last season.
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