Dirk de Beer

Dirk de Beer is a South African Formula One aerodynamicist. He is currently the head of aerodynamics at the Alpine Formula One team.

Dirk de Beer
Born
Dirk Laurie de Beer

2 June 1963
Pretoria, South African
NationalitySouth Africa South African
CitizenshipSouth African
OccupationAerodynamicist
EmployerAlpine
TitleHead of aerodynamics
PredecessorPete Machin

BiographyEdit

De Beer joined Renault in 2008, where he worked under Dino Toso until the latter was forced to stand down because of illness.[1] He was head of aerodynamics at the Enstone team from 2008 to 2013. He remained in his post as the team became Lotus F1 from 2012, working with technical directors Bob Bell and James Allison.

He left the British team in 2013 to take on the role of aerodynamics chief at Ferrari, following James Allison who had previously switched from Lotus to the Italian team.[2] De Beer then left Ferrari in 2016 and was replaced by David Sanchez after the departure of Allison.

He joined the Williams team in 2017, taking up the head of aero position as at the start of March.[3] At Williams, he worked alongside Dave Wheater, who was temporarily responsible for the team's aerodynamic performance after Jason Somerville's departure in late 2016. He started working for the British team on 1 March 2017. After a season start considered below expectations, the Williams team announced his resignation on 30 May 2018.[4]

In early November 2019, Renault announced that de Beer would replace Pete Machin as Head of Aerodynamics.[5]

Career timelineEdit

  • Principal aerodynamicist – Sauber (2002–2005)
  • Head of aerodynamics – Renault (2008–2011)
  • Head of aerodynamics – Lotus F1 (2012–2013)
  • Chief aerodynamicist – Ferrari (2013–2016)
  • Head of aerodynamics – Williams (2017–2018)
  • Head of aerodynamics – Renault (2019–2020)
  • Head of aerodynamics - Alpine F1 (2021-)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dino Toso Leaves Renault Team". Autosport. Retrieved 17 June 2008.
  2. ^ "Ferrari signs Lotus' head of aerodynamics Dirk de Beer". Autosport. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Williams sign Dirk de Beer". Autosport. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Williams' head of aero Dirk De Beer leaves team". ESPN. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Renault F1 team signs de Beer as head of aero". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 1 November 2019.