F1 appoints engineers to help shape rules
19 May 2017 – Formula 1 has announced several appointments to its motorsport division, overseen by Ross Brawn, in an attempt to boost its ability to advise on future regulations.
After completing its takeover of F1, Liberty Media installed Brawn as Managing Director (Motor Sport), with Sean Bratches arriving as Managing Director (Commercial).
In a new push, Jason Somerville has been signed as Head of Aerodynamics, with Craig Wilson installed as Head of Vehicle Performance, both highly-experienced in F1 after stints at several teams.
"Together they will form part of a small group of engineers dedicated to researching fully the direction and implications of future regulations of the sport," read a release on the official F1 website.
"They will liaise with the FIA Formula 1 Technical Department and the teams, sharing the outcomes of their work with a view to improving Formula 1 racing, its entertainment value and its sustainability."
Nigel Kerr, who has run the financial operations and strategy of a number of F1 teams, most recently at Mercedes, will also join F1's set-up in August as Finance Director, Motorsports.
"I am delighted to welcome three extremely experienced figures who have established themselves as experts within Formula 1 over many decades," commented Brawn.
"We are building a team that enables stronger links to be forged between Formula 1's management and the sport's various stakeholders, ensuring that regulations are implemented with the involvement of all parties."
Brawn and Bratches both report to Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey.