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Mercedes signs Willis, Costa

Geoff Willis and Aldo Costa join the Mercedes GP technical team
Mercedes GP has confirmed the signing of Geoff Willis and Aldo Costa to strengthen its technical team.

Willis, who recently stood down from his role with backmarkers HRT, will take up the position of technology director on 17 October, while Costa – who left Ferrari as part of reshuffle back in May – will become engineering director on 1 December.

Both will report to technical director Bob Bell, with Costa being responsible for design and development, and Willis heading the aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics, control systems and simulation functions.

"I am delighted to announce that Aldo Costa and Geoff Willis will be joining the Mercedes GP Petronas team,” team boss Ross Brawn said. “Geoff is a highly respected engineer with over twenty years of Formula One experience, and we look forward to his arrival next month.

“Having worked closely with Aldo for many years, I know that he will bring dedication and championship-winning expertise to the team when he joins in December. Building a winning team is an exciting challenge for us all as we work towards the competitiveness and standards that we aspire to as the Mercedes-Benz works team.

“With a strong technical structure led by Bob Bell, we are moving ourselves into the best possible position to achieve our ambitions."

Mercedes motorsport vice-president Norbert Haug welcomed the new arrivals.

"Since Mercedes GP Petronas was formed as a new team in early 2010, we have been putting in place the building blocks for success,” he said. “Our technical organisation was strengthened by the arrival of Bob Bell and, working closely with Ross, he has identified the areas where we can improve still further.

“Aldo and Geoff will reinforce our technical management and bring the experience required to harness the talents of our people in Brackley; we have also recruited and invested at other levels in order to maximise our competitiveness under the Resource Restriction Agreement. Our goal remains to progress step by step in order to establish ourselves as a front-running team for the long term, in line with the tradition of the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows."




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Rodey71 - Unregistered

September 30, 2011 2:08 PM

I believe Ross Brawn knows a thing or two about what it takes to win races and build race winning machinery. His track record speaks for itself! He has sorted out bennetton and ferrari. And just when he was on the cusp of sorting Honda out they got cold feet and didn't reap what they had sown. Hence Brawn gp. Need I say more!

107SS2009

September 30, 2011 8:54 PM

Both Costa and Willis new jobs at Mercedes are a step down from the jobs they held previously as they both held jobs as technical directors before. Both Aldo Costa and Geoff Willis will report to technical director Bob Bell. Aldo Costa will be responsible for design and development. Geoff Willis will be responsible for aerodynamics/vehicle dynamics/control systems and simulation function. In my opinion if all three works in harmony under the direction of Ross Brawn this is going to be a very formidable team indeed.



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