Manor has announced former Ferrari and McLaren chief Nikolas Tombazis joins as Chief Aerodynamicist ahead of the 2016 Formula 1 championship.

Tombazis worked his way through the ranks at Benetton Formula after joining in 1992 to become Chief Aerodynamicist the following year before holding the same job at Scuderia Ferrari and McLaren.

In 2005, Tombazis switched roles to become McLaren's Project Chief Director prior to a nine-year stint at Maranello as Chief Designer. The 47-year-old Grecian takes up his new job with immediate effect and will report to Technical Director John McQuilliam.

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"I am very happy to be joining the Manor F1 Team at this exciting time in its development," Tombazis said. "The team has impressive plans and is investing in all the right areas to achieve its on-track ambitions, so I am very much looking forward to being part of that journey.

"The existing design team is already very strong and I look forward to working with a great group of people to make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead to help us progress through the field over the next few seasons."

Manor has recently signed a deal to receive Mercedes power units and Williams-produced gearboxes for the upcoming season and McQuilliam says Tombazis' knowledge and experience will strengthen the team's aerodynamic package alongside its new mechanical input.

"I am delighted to announce Nikolas in the position of Chief Aerodynamicist," McQuilliam said. "I believe this appointment will help to amplify the efforts of a very talented design team that, in recent years, has not had the opportunity to showcase the full extent of their experience and capabilities.

"I am confident that, together with our new Mercedes power unit and Williams gearbox and technical partnership, our new aero structure will provide us with the strength to design and develop consistently competitive racing cars to help steer us towards our long-term ambitions."