BEYOND THE GRID: Frank Dernie on 40 years at the forefront of Formula 1 innovation


With a career spanning four decades, Frank Dernie knows a thing or two about how to make a car fast – and he's the guest on the latest Beyond The Grid.

After joining Williams in the late 70s as Patrick Head's aerodynamic assistant, helping design the successful FW08 chassis, he went on to work with some of Formula 1's biggest stars, greatest teams and the fastest cars on the grid.

A pioneer in his field, Frank was the first person in the sport to use computer aided design and is the man to thank for bringing the Williams team's active suspension to life.

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His analytical and data-driven mind was in hot demand in the paddock from teams and drivers alike as he developed his race-winning cars.

In this episode of Beyond The Grid, Frank lets us take a peek inside his brilliant mind as he takes us back to those early days at Williams working with Sir Frank Williams, Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet, testing with Alain Prost and all that fell in between.

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