Williams parts with head of aero Dirk de Beer

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Williams continues to manage its crisis, parting ways today with its chief aerodynamicist Dirk de Beer just weeks after the departure from the team of chief designer Ed Wood.

The Grove-based outfit has struggled to perform since the start of the season with an FW41 that has not lived up to expectations.

Williams technical director Paddy Lowe recently revealed that the extent of the crisis had compelled the outfit to implement a recovery programme. Obviously, a restructuring of its key personnel is part of the team's plan and crisis management.

"Williams can confirm that Dirk de Beer has stepped down from his role as head of aerodynamics, effective immediately," said the team in a brief statement.

"The team would like to thank Dirk for his hard work over the past year and wish him the best for the future.

"Chief engineer, Doug McKiernan, who joined Williams earlier this year will now assume full responsibility over the aerodynamic and design direction of the car, with Dave Wheater stepping up to take on the role as head of aerodynamics.

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