Savage becomes BAR Deputy Technical Director

Gary Savage has been appointed Deputy Technical Director of BAR. Savage's role is to take day-to-day responsibility for the design and testing programs and will work closely with Geoff Willis, the team's Technical Director, who will remain responsible for leading the design and operation of the car, as well as the long-term technical strategy.

Forty-three year old Gary Savage was an officer in the Royal Marines before working in the advanced materials industry. He switch to Formula 1 in 1990 as a research and development engineer at McLaren. He moved to Arrows in 1996 for a three-year period as the head of research and development and then went to Prost Grand Prix to take on a similar role. He joined BAR in the autumn of 2000 and was soon in charge of composite engineering.

"Gary is a very highly respected engineer with a wealth of experience, not just in his specialist areas of engineering materials, particularly composites, but also of the multi-disciplinary nature of F1 engineering," says Willis. "I have enjoyed working with him to rebuild the engineering at BAR over the last 15 months and, as we now move into a new phase for the team, his appointment gives me the opportunity to focus more on car design and working with our team partners Honda."

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