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Mercedes signs Willis and Costa

Geoff Willis and Aldo Costa sign on with Mercedes to strengthen the technical team at the Brackley-based outfit

Mercedes GP has confirmed the signing of Geoff Willis and Aldo Costa to strengthen its technical team.

Willis, who recently stood down from his role with backmarkers HRT, will take up the position of technology director on 17 October, while Costa - who left Ferrari as part of reshuffle back in May - will become engineering director on 1 December.

Both will report to technical director Bob Bell, with Costa being responsible for design and development, and Willis heading the aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics, control systems and simulation functions.

"I am delighted to announce that Aldo Costa and Geoff Willis will be joining the Mercedes GP Petronas team," team boss Ross Brawn said. "Geoff is a highly respected engineer with over twenty years of Formula One experience, and we look forward to his arrival next month.

"Having worked closely with Aldo for many years, I know that he will bring dedication and championship-winning expertise to the team when he joins in December. Building a winning team is an exciting challenge for us all as we work towards the competitiveness and standards that we aspire to as the Mercedes-Benz works team.

"With a strong technical structure led by Bob Bell, we are moving ourselves into the best possible position to achieve our ambitions."

Mercedes motorsport vice-president Norbert Haug welcomed the new arrivals.

"Since Mercedes GP Petronas was formed as a new team in early 2010, we have been putting in place the building blocks for success," he said. "Our technical organisation was strengthened by the arrival of Bob Bell and, working closely with Ross, he has identified the areas where we can improve still further.

"Aldo and Geoff will reinforce our technical management and bring the experience required to harness the talents of our people in Brackley; we have also recruited and invested at other levels in order to maximise our competitiveness under the Resource Restriction Agreement. Our goal remains to progress step by step in order to establish ourselves as a front-running team for the long term, in line with the tradition of the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows.

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