Red Bull Racing has further strengthened its burgeoning backroom staff with the appointment of Geoff Willis as technical director, permitting the Briton to re-establish a fruitful relationship with the Milton Keynes-based outfit's design guru Adrian Newey.

The 47-year-old parted company with Honda midway through last season following four years with the team, since when he has been on 'gardening leave'. His arrival at Red Bull will signal a renewal of his successful partnership with Newey, after the pair had previously worked together at Williams in the early-to-mid 1990s.

The two men share a common interest in yacht design, and the Cambridge University-educated Willis worked for Britain's America's Cup team in 1987, where he developed hull and keel designs using computational fluid dynamics. His first Formula 1 role came three years later with Leyton House, from where he moved onto Williams where he would eventually becoming chief aerodynamicist.

Willis will officially join RBR on 23 July. Mark Smith, who has been technical director since January 2006, has been offered another senior position within the company.

 

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