Williams appoints de Beer as aero chief
16 February 2017 – Williams has announced the signing of Dirk de Beer as its new Head of Aerodynamics.
De Beer started his F1 career as an Aerodynamicist at Sauber, before joining Renault in 2008, where he spent five years as Head of Aerodynamics, and later moving on to Ferrari (Chief Aerodynamicist).
He departed Ferrari last year and will officially start work at Williams on March 1.
"I am extremely pleased to be joining Williams," said South African de Beer.
"The team has an incredible heritage in Formula 1, and I'm proud to now be a part of that.
"I'm looking forward to working with [aero performance chief] Dave Wheater and the Williams aero team to help continue driving forward the development of the car throughout the season and beyond."
Deputy team boss Claire Williams welcomed de Beer and his "vast experience".
"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 Formula 1 grid," she commented.
Williams has signed de Beer following Pat Symonds' recent exit.