Tombazis takes up single-seater role with FIA


Experienced former Benetton, Ferrari and McLaren chief designer Nikolas Tombazis has been appointed by the FIA to become its head of single-seater technical matters and will have core responsibilities in F1, F2 and F3.

Tombazis will report to Gilles Simon, who is the FIA technical director and work in closely with Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting.

His role is expected to contribute to the long-term strategy and progress of the FIA’s main single-seater championships. He will also help develop and formalise sporting and technical regulations in co-operation with F1 teams and related suppliers.

Tombazis worked in Formula 1 as chief aerodynamicist at Benetton from 1992 until 1997, before moving to Ferrari in a similar position where he remained until 2003.

He joined McLaren between 2004 and 2006, but returned to Maranello as chief designer until his departure at the end of 2014.

He was a consultant for Manor from 2016 to 2017 and until the FIA appointment was visiting professor of aerodynamics at the Imperial College London.