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Motor racing-Aston Martin sign Mercedes’ chief aerodynamicist Blandin

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November 24, 2021

LONDON (Reuters) – The Aston Martin Formula One team have signed Mercedes’s chief aerodynamicist Eric Blandin in a move that they described on Wednesday as “amicable.”

Silverstone-based Aston Martin use Mercedes power units and have a close relationship with the world champions, who have won both titles for the past seven years.

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An Aston Martin spokesman said the Frenchman, who has past experience at Ferrari and Red Bull, would be joining next year with a start date to be decided.

The team, owned by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, have made a number of high-profile signings as they seek to challenge the top teams and become title contenders with an expanded workforce and a new factory under construction.

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Red Bull’s aerodynamics head Dan Fallows has already been announced as Aston Martin’s future technical director, but a start date has yet to be decided.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner said in June that Fallows would have to see out his current contract and a move “won’t be within the next couple of years.”

Other already-announced signings include Alfa Romeo’s chief designer Luca Furbatto, as engineering director, and Red Bull aerodynamicist Andrew Alessi as head of technical operations.

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(Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Editing by Shrivathsa Sridhar)

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