Brazilian Formula One driver Felipe Massa powers his Williams in the Interlagos racetrack on November 11, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in the first free practice for the Brazilian Formula One GP on November 13th / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Williams Formula One team has announced that they have appointed Dirk de Beer as their new Head of Aerodynamics, and will join the company on 1 March 2017.

Dirk arrives at Williams with a wealth of experience. He began his career at Swift Engineering, where he worked primarily on IndyCar design and went on to enjoy a brief spell at Sauber F1 Team as an Aerodynamicist, before joining Renault (Lotus F1 Team) in 2008.

After five years in the role of Head of Aerodynamics at Renault he moved to Ferrari in 2013 as Chief Aerodynamicist, where he worked until announcing his departure from the team last season.

“I am extremely pleased to be joining Williams,” he said. “The team has an incredible heritage in Formula One, and I'm proud to now be a part of that. I'm looking forward to working with Dave Wheater and the Williams aero team to help continue driving forward the development of the car throughout the season and beyond. I would like to thank Williams for giving me this opportunity.”