Aston Martin has once again captured a big name in its battle to become champions in the foreseeable future. Eric Blandin, head of aerodynamics at Mercedes, will make the switch to the British team next year.
Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll has made it no secret that he wants to compete for the Formula 1 championships in the near future. A brand new factory with a wind tunnel is being worked hard at Silverstone and Stroll wants to put the best staff there. Aston Martin has already captured some great minds from other teams, but now a new name is added.
And that’s not just any one. Aston Martin can count on the services of Eric Blandin, the chief aerodynamicist from Mercedes. Blandin has been with Mercedes since 2011 and previously worked for Ferrari and Red Bull.
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“We can confirm Eric Blandin will be working for Aston Martin next year,” a team spokesperson said Motorsport.com know. “It is not yet known when he will start. The transition from Mercedes to Aston will be amicable.”
Blandin is still working for Mercedes for the time being and because of his switch he must first take a ‘gardening leave’ to prevent him from taking important information with him. It is the first time that Aston Martin has managed to bring in a top man from the Mercedes team. It is not yet known what his task at his new employer will be.