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Williams: Head of aerodynamics leaves after disappointing begin to season

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Williams: Head of aerodynamics leaves after disappointing begin to season

Williams are 10th and final within the constructors’ championship and have found a significant aerodynamic flaw with their automobile

Williams’ head of aerodynamics has left the workforce after a disappointing begin to the Formulation 1 season.

The departure of Dirk De Beer, who joined the workforce from Ferrari early final yr, follows that earlier this month of chief designer Ed Wooden.

Williams completed fifth final season however have slipped down the grid with an uncompetitive 2018 automobile and are final within the championship after six races.

Chief engineer Doug McKiernan has been given full design accountability.

McKiernan, who labored for McLaren from 1999 to 2015, joined Williams in February this yr.

Williams have found {that a} main aerodynamic flaw is answerable for the automobile’s lack of tempo this yr.

When the entrance wheels flip, they disrupt the meant airflow to the again of the automobile, and the crucial rear ground space suffers an aerodynamic ‘stall’, robbing the automobile of downforce and grip on nook entry.

The issue is especially acute on lengthy corners, which is why the automobile carried out higher at Monaco final weekend, the place brief corners predominate, than on the earlier race in Spain, the place almost all of the corners are lengthy.

A Williams spokesperson mentioned De Beer, who had beforehand labored at Sauber, Renault and Lotus, had “stepped down, efficient instantly”.

Below McKiernan, who stories to chief technical officer Paddy Lowe, Dave Wheater has change into head of aerodynamics.

BBC Sport – Formula 1

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