Williams and Renault aside, the driver market is really quite static. As I outlined in my first ever blog, high ranking technical personnel including Sam Michael and Aldo Costa, paid the price for poor early season pace with their jobs at their respected teams. Since then, we have seen several announcement’s as up and down the pit lane, teams look to bolster their technical nous.
Williams have endured their worst season ever in F1. In an attempt to regain lost ground, they have enlisted the help of Mike Coughlan – Chief Engineer, Jason Somerville – Head of Aerodynamics and Mark Gillan as Chief Operations Engineer. All have already joined their new employer with Gillan being the last with the Singapore race being his first race for the Grove based squad.
Outgoing technical director at Williams, Sam Michal, will begin his new role as McLaren’s sporting director in the new year. In this role, Michael will relinquish all the technical responsibility that had at Williams, instead focusing on the race weekend operations for his new employers.
Today (Friday) has seen two very significant captures for Mercedes GP, the team already boast Ross Brawn as team principle and Nick Fry as CEO. Together, they instigated the management buyout of the Honda team and went on to win both championships in 2009 in Brawn’s on season in F1. Italian, Costa, left Ferrari in May after paying the price for the teams poor start to the season again will join forces with Ross Brawn as the teams engineering director. The two worked during Ferrari’s successful period that saw Michael Schumacher claim five straight titles. Geoff Willis rejoins the team he worked for in their BAR/Honda days, taking up the role of technology director after severing ties with the HRT team, who he was working for on a consultancy basis. The new recruits will work closely with technical director, Bob Bell, himself a high profile capture from Renault last year.