Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll is making good progress in the hopes of making it to the top of Formula 1 in the coming years. The team is developing a brand new facility with its own wind tunnel and has already taken many staff away from the competition. The latest addition is Eric Blandin, head of aerodynamics at Mercedes F1. It is expected that he will not actually be able to start working at Aston Martin until October next year, because of his mandatory ‘gardening leave’. His arrival is surprising as he is the first key figure to come over from Mercedes, which supplies the engines and gearboxes to Aston Martin.
A spokesperson for the team from Silverstone confirmed to Motorsport.com that Blandin will start working for Aston Martin next year: “The exact start date is not yet known. The transition from Mercedes AMG F1 Team to our team will be amicable.” The team has not yet confirmed which role Blandin will play.
The Frenchman started his career in 1998 with the Italian wind tunnel company Fondmetal Technologies, before joining Jaguar Racing as an aerodynamicist in 2002. He remained at Milton Keynes when the formation was taken over by Red Bull Racing, where he became aerodynamics team leader. During that time he worked with Dan Fallows, who is leaving Red Bull and joining Aston Martin as technical director.
From January 2010, Blandin was aero team leader at Ferrari before moving to Mercedes in May 2011. Since 2017, he has been active there in the role of head of aerodynamics.
Eric Blandin on the podium after Valtteri Bottas’ win at the 2019 Japanese GP
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