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Red Bull appoint Geoffrey Willis as technical director 17 Jul 2007

Geoff Willis (GBR) BAR Chief Designer.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice, Sepang, Malaysia, 17 March 2006

Red Bull confirmed on Tuesday that former Honda technical chief Geoffrey Willis is to join the company as technical director. Willis, who will take up his post with Red Bull Technology on July 23, will report directly to chief technical officer Adrian Newey.

Willis's first sporting role was with the British America's Cup yacht team back in 1987, when he developed hull and keel designs using computational fluid dynamics.

He moved into Formula One racing soon after, joining the Leyton House team, before a five-year stint with Williams, where he worked for a period with Newey and eventually rose through the ranks to become chief aerodynamicist.

He moved to BAR in 2002 as technical director, but left the Honda team in August 2006. The 47-year-old engineer has since spent the past few months on ‘gardening leave’.

Red Bull have offered Mark Smith, who has been the team's technical director since January 2006, another senior position within the company.