Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Valencia, 2011

Williams appoints new technical staff for 2012 car

2012 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Valencia, 2011
Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Valencia, 2011

Williams have announced two major new recruits in its technical department.

Jason Somerville has joined as head of aerodynamics and Mark Gillan has become the team’s chief operations engineer.

It follows the joint resignation of technical director Sam Michael and chief aerodynamicist Jon Tomlinson last month, which will take effect at the end of the year.

Somerville joins the team as of August 15th. Gillan will begin attending races from the next Grand Prix weekend, and start work for the team in October. They will develop the team’s 2012 car, the FW34, with new chief engineer Mike Coughlan.

Somerville is returning to Williams who he worked for between 1997 and 2002, contributing to the development of the FW23, FW24 and FW25 F1 cars as well as the BMW LMR V12 which won the Le Mans 24 Hours.

He moved to Toyota in 2003. Following their departure from F1 he joined Renault, where he worked on this year’s R31.

Gillan is another ex-Toyota employee – he was formerly their head of aerodynamics – who has also worked for McLaren, Jaguar and Red Bull.

Frank Williams said: “Williams F1 is looking forward to welcoming Jason and Mark to the team. They bring with them talent, experience and good team skills.

“We now feel that, together with Mike Coughlan, Jason and Mark can form the right technical leadership to take the team forward as we work our way back to the front of the grid.”

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