Mercedes hire new designers to improve standings

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The past couple of years has seen relative newcomers, Red Bull Racing, dominate the world of Formula One; it now appears that the fightback is afoot, as Mercedes announce that they have hired new designers for the upcoming season...

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The move by the Mercedes has been viewed as a declaration of their ambition to improve their standings within the current Formula One circuit; their new designers are among two of the leading names within the field – it is hoped that they will provide a greater depth to the team and help to bolster their chances of victory in the next F1 season.

Mercedes have taken on former technical director at Ferrari, Aldo Costa, who will now be the team's engineering director; they also welcome Geoff Willis to their ranks, who's former employers include current champions Red Bull – Willis will join as Mercedes new director of technology. Both men will now find themselves working for Mercedes technical director Bob Bell, who was also a high profile new signing from Renault earlier in the year.

Mercedes have displayed a lacklustre performance during the past couple of seasons. They are currently fourth in the constructors' championship and their best results have come courtesy of Nico Rosberg, who has managed to attain three podium finishes for his team over the course of this season.

Commenting on Mercedes' new signings, team vice-president Norbert Haug said: "We have been putting in place the building blocks for success.

"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.”

"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,"  he added.

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