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Honda appoint new deputy technical director 11 Jul 2007

Jorg Zander (GER) Williams Chief Designer. Williams FW28 Launch, Williams HQ, Grove, Oxfordshire, England, 27 January 2006. © WilliamsF1 Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Honda RA107.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, British Grand Prix, Practice Day, Silverstone, England, Friday, 6 July 2007

As part of an ongoing technical recruitment drive, Honda have confirmed that BMW Sauber chief designer Jorg Zander will join the team. Zander will take up a new post as deputy to Shuhei Nakamoto, the Japanese squad’s senior technical director.

“We are delighted to welcome Jorg back to Honda in the position of deputy technical director,” explained team principal Nick Fry. “In my opinion Jorg is one of the most creative and energetic engineers in Formula One and I am delighted that he has decided to return home.”

Zander worked at Honda from 2002 to 2005 as chief engineer for mechanics and transmission, before being recruited to Williams as chief designer. Whilst at Williams he enjoyed a successful partnership with Loic Bigois, who earlier this month also joined Honda to become head of aerodynamics. Zander moved to BMW Sauber in April 2006.

“I am delighted to be returning to Honda and to England, where I know I will feel very much at home again,” commented the 43 year-old on his new role. “Honda is a fantastic group of people. It is also a team with enormous potential and the determination to fight hard to achieve its ambitions. I am very excited that I will be a part of that.”

Welcoming the German to the team, senior technical director Nakamoto added: “I am very pleased that Jorg will return to Honda. I am looking forward to working with him again. This is the latest in a series of key appointments that we have made in order to bolster our team. We have some very talented people at Honda but Formula One is a rapidly changing sport and we need to evolve in order to keep pace. With the steady performance improvements we have made over the past few races and a strengthened technical team, I am sure that the difficulties we have seen in the first half of 2007 are now behind us.”

Honda have scored just one world championship point so far this season and are currently ninth in the constructors’ table.