The Honda Racing F1 Team has announced that it has appointed Jorg Zander to the role of deputy technical director, supporting senior technical director Shuhei Nakamoto.

Zander joins the Brackley-based outfit, which is currently enduring a nightmare season, from BMW Sauber, where he held the position of chief designer.

The 43-year-old has worked previously with Honda and he held the role of chief engineer for mechanical and transmission from 2002 to 2005. He was then recruited to Williams in the role of chief designer, where he enjoyed a successful partnership with chief aerodynamicist Lo?c Bigois, who has also recently joined Honda in the position of head of aerodynamics.

"I am delighted to be returning to Honda and to England, where I know I will feel very much at home again," said Zander. "Honda is a fantastic group of people. It is also a team with enormous potential and the determination to fight hard to achieve its ambitions. I am very excited that I will be a part of that."

Team boss, Nick Fry and Nakamoto meanwhile both believe that he will be a real asset: "We are delighted to welcome J?rg back to Honda in the position of deputy technical director," said Fry. "In his role as chief engineer for Mechanical & Transmission he played a pivotal role during a period of on-track success for our team.

"In my opinion J?rg is one of the most creative and energetic engineers in Formula One and I am delighted that he has decided to return home. In his new role with our team J?rg will assist senior technical director Shuhei Nakamoto with technical leadership."

"I am very pleased that J?rg will return to Honda. I am looking forward to working with him again," added Nakamoto. "This is the latest in a series of key appointments that we have made in order to bolster our team. We have some very talented people at Honda but Formula One is a rapidly changing sport and we need to evolve in order to keep pace.

"With the steady performance improvements we have made over the past few races and a strengthened technical team, I am sure that the difficulties we have seen in the first half of 2007 are now behind us."



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