Ferrari adds British aero man to F1 ranks

Ferrari has added a Briton to its ranks.

Acknowledging its aerodynamic weaknesses, the fabled Italian team last year signed well-known F1 aerodynamicist Loic Bigois to switch from Mercedes. Ferrari is currently developing its 2013 car, probably to be called the F2013, in Toyota’s state-of-the-art Cologne wind tunnel, while the Maranello facility is closed and improved.

At the same time, Autosprint reports that the scarlet-clad team has signed Martin Bester. The Briton’s last post was as Williams’ aerodynamics team leader. He has also worked for BMW and McLaren’s F1 teams. Prior to working at Mercedes, chief aerodynamicist and Frenchman Bigois worked alongside Bester at Williams, the Italian magazine added.

Source:GMM

Bigois joins Ferrari as new aero boss?

Ferrari has signed a well-known F1 aerodynamicist to run its Maranello wind tunnel.

That is the claim of the authoritative Italian publication Autosprint, who first reported the move as a rumour a month ago. Autosprint’s correspondent Alberto Antonini said Loic Bigois, a 52-year-old Frenchman, will now “definitely” move from Mercedes in mid-September, although an official announcement will probably not be made.

Bigois started his career with Ligier/Prost, moving to Minardi until 2003 when he was recruited by Williams as chief aerodynamicist.

In 2007, he moved to Honda, which became Brawn and subsequently Mercedes.

Source:GMM