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New WilliamsF1 Chief Designer

By BMW WilliamsF1 Team
August 26 2005

New WilliamsF1 Chief Designer

WilliamsF1 today confirmed the appointment of Jörg Zander as the company’s Chief Designer, complementing a re-structuring process which has seen the company strengthen its appointments to its primary technical posts, as well as establish a senior management group over recent months.

Jörg Zander, 41, joins Williams from BAR, where he held the post of Chief Engineer, Mechanics and Transmission. A Mechanical Engineering graduate of Cologne University, Jörg has over fifteen years of premier motorsport experience, including WRC & GT experience with Toyota and ITC experience with Opel/GM alongside his Formula One credentials. Across these competition categories, Jörg has developed a broad range of professional competencies appropriate for the role of Chief Designer.

Jörg will take up his appointment in September to lead the key decisions to be taken on the FW28 development. Jörg’s appointment complements the company’s process of restructuring its primary technical posts which commenced with Patrick Head’s change in role to Director of Engineering and Sam Michael’s ensuing appointment as Technical Director; in 2004, Loic Bigois was promoted to Chief Aerodynamicist and Alex Burns’s role was changed to Chief Operating Officer. Jörg will work closely with all of the company’s technical heads, reporting directly to Technical Director, Sam Michael.

In relation to Jörg’s appointment, Patrick Head said, “I am delighted that Jörg has decided to join Williams as Chief Designer, consolidating the process of restructuring WilliamsF1’s key technical posts. I believe we have set the foundation for one of the strongest technical teams in Formula One, and I have every confidence that Jörg will make a considerable contribution to our ambitions for next season and beyond.”

AS for the current Chief Designer Gavin Fisher his contract expires at the end of the month and the team and he will part company.

Jörg Zander, Biographical Notes:

DoB: February 15, 1964
Place of birth: Ratingen, Germany
Status: Married, one daughter
Resident: Aynho, UK
Nationality: German
Education: 1986 - Military service (Leopard II tank driver, military service)
1987 - 1990 Engineering Masters graduate of the University of Cologne
Professional: 1990 – 1995 WRC - Project engineer, Team Toyota Europe
1996 ITC - Race engineer, Opel Team Rosberg
1997 – 1999 GT1 - Chassis engineering manager, Toyota Motorsport
1999 – 2002 Formula 1 - Engineer, Toyota Motorsport
2002 – 2005 Formula 1 - Chief Engineer Mechanical & Transmission, BAR



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