Willis didn't make big enough step says Head

Williams' technical director Patrick Head thinks Geoff Willis, previously the team's chief aerodynamicist, was not adventurous enough with this year's FW24, which led to it being less competitive than hoped. Willis has now moved to BAR to take ...

Williams' technical director Patrick Head thinks Geoff Willis, previously the team's chief aerodynamicist, was not adventurous enough with this year's FW24, which led to it being less competitive than hoped. Willis has now moved to BAR to take charge of the technical department and Head thinks bigger steps could have been made at Williams if Willis had made more effort with the aerodynamic development of the 2002 chassis.

Patrick Head.
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"The layout of the FW24 and its fundamental aerodynamic concept were settled during the period when Geoff Willis was in charge of our aerodynamics department," Head told F1 Racing magazine. "Clearly an incorrect judgement was made about what level of step we needed to make and how to achieve it."

"I have to say I think Geoff was running our aero department in a way that I would liken to a cottage industry and he was unwilling, or unable, to see the bigger picture. He was encouraged many times to expand our aero capability and he seemed to be more concerned at keeping it small and compact."

Head believes Willis was in the shadow of his predecessor Adrian Newey, who went on to McLaren, but thinks he can progress with BAR. "Having said all that," he commented, "Geoff is a very determined person and I'm sure that in time he'll be capable of leading an aero department at a much higher level than he did when he was at Williams."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Patrick Head , Geoff Willis , Adrian Newey
Teams McLaren , Williams