Technical team strengthened by appointment of Deputy Technical Director, Gary Savage The B*A*R Honda technical team has been strengthened following the appointment of 43-year old Gary Savage, in a newly created role of Deputy Technical Director.
Technical team strengthened by appointment of Deputy Technical Director, Gary Savage
The B*A*R Honda technical team has been strengthened following the appointment of 43-year old Gary Savage, in a newly created role of Deputy Technical Director. Savage's role is to take day-to-day responsibility for implementing and coordinating the design and testing programmes across departments whilst working closely with Geoffrey Willis, the team's Technical Director, to develop the technical interaction with team partners, Honda and Bridgestone.
Willis will remain responsible for leading the design and operation of the car, as well as the long-term technical strategy, but is now free to spend more time on the complex design concepts required to push the team and its partners forward in the increasingly competitive F1 arena.
Commenting on his appointment as Deputy Technical Director, Savage said: "This is the perfect move for me. The partnership Geoffrey and I have works very well, and I hope that together we can push forward the shorter and long-term development of the car. I have immense respect for Geoffrey and I'm looking forward to working with him in my new position."
Gary Savage has a colourful background, his career beginning as an Officer in the Royal Marines after leaving college. Prior to joining the world of F1 in 1990, at the age of 30, Savage worked in the advanced chemical materials industry. This included manufacturing materials for use on aircrafts, tanks and other high- tech machinery.
His F1 career began with a six year stint at McLaren as a Research & Development Engineer. He followed this up with three years at Arrows as Head of R&D and a further two years at Prost as Head of R&D and Composites. Savage joined the B*A*R Honda team in November 2000 and was initially in charge of composites production engineering then, following the management changeover in 2001, David Richards and Geoffrey Willis promoted Savage to Chief Composites Engineer, effectively in charge of the engineering of 75% of the car.
Willis believes Savage's appointment will be beneficial to the development of the team, and said of his new deputy: "Gary is a very highly respected engineer with a wealth of experience, not just in his specialist areas of engineering materials, particularly composites, but also of the multi-disciplinary nature of F1 engineering. I have enjoyed working with him to rebuild the engineering at B*A*R over the last 15 months and, as we now move into a new phase for the team, his appointment gives me the opportunity to focus more on car design and working with our team partners Honda."