Formula 1 hires Somerville and Wilson to oversee technical regulations

19 May 2017

Formula 1 has made a series of senior appointments oversee the future of F1’s technical regulations.

Williams’ head of Aerodynamics Jason Somerville has also been appointed to the same role at Formula 1, while Craig Wilson joins as head of Vehicle Performance.

Both will oversee Formula One’s future technical regulations and together they will form part of a small group of engineers dedicated to researching fully the direction and implications of future regulations of the sport.

They will liaise with the FIA Formula 1 Technical Department and the teams sharing the outcomes of their work with a view to improving the entertainment value, the sustainability and the sport of Formula 1.

Somerville has extensive experience of aerodynamics in both sports cars and single seater racing having worked on the Le Mans winning BMW before periods in Formula 1 with Toyota, Lotus-Renault and latterly as Head of Aerodynamics at Williams.

Wilson has equally significant experience in the field of vehicle dynamics having worked as a team leader at BAR, Honda, Brawn and Williams in recent years.

In addition, Formula 1 has appointed Nigel Kerr as finance director, Motorsport taking responsibility for financial strategy within the motorsports team and reporting directly to Ross Brawn, Managing Director, Motorsports. He will join on August 1.

Kerr has a wealth of financial experience with a career spanning over 40 years. For the last 15 years, he has run the financial operations and strategy of a number of Formula 1 teams, including British American Racing, Honda, Brawn and most recently Mercedes, where he has held the position of Chief Strategic Officer.

He played a key role in the Brawn GP management buy-out from Honda and subsequent sale to Mercedes in 2009.

Brawn, said: “We are building a team that enables stronger links to be forged between Formula 1’s management and the sport’s various stakeholders, ensuring that regulations are implemented with the involvement of all parties.”


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