Williams appoints former Ferrari man as aero chief

The Williams Formula 1 team has appointed Dirk de Beer as its new head of aerodynamics, it was announced on Thursday.

The South African will start working at the Grove-based outfit on March 1.

De Beer had worked with the Sauber and Renault teams before joining Ferrari as chief aerodynamicist in 2013.

Last year he was moved to a different role after a reshuffle of the Italian squad's aero department before leaving the Maranello team before the end of the year.

"I am extremely pleased to be joining Williams," said de Beer. "The team has an incredible heritage in Formula One, and I'm proud to now be a part of that.

"I'm looking forward to working with Dave Wheater and the Williams aero team to help continue driving forward the development of the car throughout the season and beyond."

Team boss Claire Williams added: "We're delighted to have someone with Dirk's vast experience joining us.

"Having spent several years as a head of aerodynamics in F1, his knowledge and technical expertise will undoubtedly be a great asset to the team in our continued push to restore Williams to the front of the grid."

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