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Honda appoint new chief aerodynamicist 10 May 2006

Jenson Button (GBR) Honda RA106.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, European Grand Prix, Race, Nurburgring, Germany, 7 May 2006

The Honda Formula One team have confirmed that Mariano Alperin-Bruvera has been promoted to the position of chief aerodynamicist. The move comes as the team prepare for the final commissioning of their new state-of-the-art wind tunnel.

Alperin-Bruvera, 40, will now lead a significantly expanded team of aerodynamicists, designers, technicians and modelmakers at Honda Racing’s Brackley Operations Centre in the UK, which works alongside a similar group at Honda’s Dome facility in Japan.

"I'm very proud to be given this opportunity to lead what I believe to be one of the strongest and most talented aerodynamics teams in Formula One,” said Alperin-Bruvera. “Our new wind tunnel represents a new technological step in aerodynamic research and I'm confident that there are some very exciting times ahead of us."

Argentinean Alperin-Bruvera joined the team as a senior aerodynamicist at their inception as BAR back in 1998. Prior to that, he held aerodynamicist positions with AGS France, Lamborghini and Fondmetal. He then moved to the Durango Formula 3000 team before returning to Formula One for a four-year spell with the former Minardi team.

Commenting on Alperin-Bruvera’s promotion, Honda’s technical director Geoffrey Willis said: "Mariano has been part of this team since the beginning and a key player in its progress to date. His new role will see him step up from head of one of our two aero development groups to a position of overall aerodynamic leadership. I have every confidence that in the position of chief aerodynamicist, Mariano will continue to play a pivotal role in our team's pursuit of its championship ambitions."

Honda head into this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix lying fourth in the constructors' championship standings with 19 points.