Aston Martin has signed Mercedes’ Aerodynamicist Eric Blandin, who is expected to join the team after his gardening leave expires in October next year.
This is the first person who moved from Mercedes to Aston Martin, a team that uses Mercedes’ power unit and gearbox.
“We can confirm that Eric Blandin will begin working for Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team next year,” said Aston Martin’s spokesperson.
“His exact start date is not yet confirmed. The transition from Mercedes AMG F1 Team to ourselves will be an amicable one.”
Blandin’s new Aston Martin position is yet to be announced.
In 1998 the Frenchman has worked at Italian wind tunnel concern Fondmetal Technologies, and then in 2002 he moved to Jaguar Racing as an aerodynamicist.
He stayed with the team when it was bought by Red Bull and became an aero team leader, and later left the team in 2009.
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In 2010 Blandin became aero team leader at Ferrari, but he joined Mercedes a year later as principal aerodynamicist. In 2017 he became Chief Aerodynamicist with the team.
Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer recently said that the team has been on a hiring spree to fuel their ambition to fight for the world title.
“Things haven’t slowed down in the recruitment,” Szafnauer said.
“But unless they’re very senior, we don’t announce everybody. We’ve hired over 150 people this year, and we will continue to hire.
“If we want to win a world championship in four years’ time it does take human resource, infrastructure, factory, wind tunnel, just like the top teams, and we’re on that trajectory to do that.”