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Honda continue technical recruitment drive 02 Jul 2007

Loic Bigois (FRA) Williams Chief Aerodynamicist. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Monaco Grand Prix, Practice Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 25 May 2006

Following news that Williams’ chief aerodynamicist Loic Bigois is set to join Honda, the Japanese squad have confirmed there will be further appointments to their technical team over the coming months, which will include personnel from BMW Sauber and McLaren.

After their difficult start to the 2007 season - they finally scored their first point in France at the weekend - Honda have been making a calculated push to boost their design and engineering staff.

Now, in addition to Bigois, Francois Martinet from Williams, John Owen from BMW and another young aerodynamicist from McLaren are all expected to move to Honda, either later this year or early in 2008.

“It's a concerted effort to improve our skills in that area because aerodynamics these days is 80 percent of the performance and we simply weren't strong enough in that area," team principal Nick Fry told news agency Reuters.

Frenchman Bigois’ Formula One career began with Ligier in the early 1990s and prior to joining Williams in 2003 he also enjoyed stints with the Sauber, Prost and Minardi teams.