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Mercedes chief aerodynamicist heads to Aston Martin

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24/11/2021

Aston Martin has confirmed that it has recruited Mercedes chief aerodynamicist, Eric Blandin.

The Silverstone-based outfit was giving little away though, other than to confirm paddock speculation that it had secured the Frenchman's services.

"We can confirm that Eric Blandin will begin working for Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team next year," said a spokesman for the team.

"His exact start date is not yet confirmed," they added. "The transition from Mercedes AMG F1 Team to ourselves will be an amicable one."

The move is one of several key signings by the team as it undergoes a massive rebuilding by owner Lawrence Stroll.

Previously the team recruited Red Bull's aero boss Dan Fallows as its Technical Director, while Luca Furbatto was recruited from Alfa Romeo as Engineering Director and Andrew Alessi from Red Bull as Head of Technical Operations.

Blandin, a graduate of the Pierre and Mari Curie University in Paris, joined Jaguar Racing in 2002 from Fondmetal Technologies and remained with the Milton Keynes-based outfit as it morphed into Red Bull.

Appointed aero team leader in 2005, he left Red Bull in late 2009, joining Ferrari in January 2010 in the same role.

In April 2011 he joined Mercedes as principal aerodynamicist before being appointed chief aerodynamicist in September 2017.

It was during his time at Red Bull that he worked with Fallows.

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1. Posted by kenji, 26/11/2021 23:58

"There seems to be a lot of, let's call them,'synergies' between AM and Mercedes. If you look carefully you'll see them especially in the powertrains used by AM plus other inherited genes from previous F1 hook ups. Whilst Wolff is not a team shareholder he certainly is an investor in AM stocks. That is nothing outrageous or abnormal but it does show a close arrangement between the two individuals. Where there is some diversion is in Szafnauer and his wailing over the floor changes that he claimed devastated their potential performance. That's strange because their floor was 'similar' to that of Mercedes and Mercedes are going to win the series again this year. If you add into the mix the cross fertilisation of personnel the picture looks extremely interesting?"

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2. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 26/11/2021 21:45

"Looks like Aston are taking a leaf out of the Merc book of 10 years ago where the later went on an "expansion" drive that eventually included Hamilton.
Hopefully this will even things out a bit by bringing AM up the ranks."

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3. Posted by kenji, 26/11/2021 7:37

"'DAS ist Capital'."

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4. Posted by Simon in Adelaide, 25/11/2021 21:11

"So collapsible rear suspension coming to Aston Martin - Nice."

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5. Posted by Greg, 25/11/2021 10:34

"Not sure whether its morphing into Mercedes or Red Bull"

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6. Posted by kenji, 25/11/2021 4:46

"So Toto is still working for Stroll snr.!"

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7. Posted by Superbird70, 24/11/2021 19:14

"Bendy wings for all. Huzzah!!"

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