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New aero chief for BMW Sauber 13 Jan 2006

Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1 Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, 11 January 2006. World © Hartley/Sutton

The BMW Sauber team have boosted their aerodynamics division with the signing of Willem Toet, formerly senior aerodynamicist with BAR. Toet, 53, will take over the reins of the Swiss-based department in March.

"Signing up Willem Toet marks a key step in the expansion of the BMW Sauber F1 Team's aerodynamics department at Hinwil,” said BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen.

“Willem Toet looks back on more than 20 years of Formula One experience in this field and will find in Hinwil a first-rate wind tunnel and exceptional computer facilities. He will support us in the further expansion of the department's staff and will provide input for the design of the car for season 2007."

Born in Amsterdam, but raised in Australia, Toet began his Formula One career with Toleman in 1985. At the end of 1994 he went to Ferrari and spent four years in Italy as their aerodynamics chief, before returning to England in 1999 to join BAR. He left the team, now Honda, at the end of last year.

Commenting on his new assignment, Toet said: "I'm really looking forward to the job. Any development phase is by nature very intensive and affords a lot of opportunities. I will be doing my utmost to help the BMW Sauber F1 Team on the road to success."