Geoffrey Willis is Director of Digital Engineering Transformation of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, a role which he describes as “varied, challenging and rewarding”..
Having studied engineering at the University of Cambridge, Geoff followed this with several years of aerodynamic research at engineering consultancy BMT, whilst completing a PhD in aerodynamics at the University of Exeter.
In 1987, he made his first step into the world of competition engineering by joining the design group of Peter de Savary's British America's Cup Challenge. Here, he spent the next three years working on keel and hull design, in addition to testing and developing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools.
Geoff made his motorsport debut in 1990, joining the Leyton House team as a consultant and becoming one of the first to introduce CFD tools into the aerodynamic design process. The Williams F1 Team would beckon next, where Geoff would grow his reputation within the aerodynamics arena as the team tasted constructors’ championship success in 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1996.
Taking over as Chief Aerodynamicist from Adrian Newey in 1996, Geoff led development of the FW19 as the team took another World Constructors’ Championship title in 1997. He remained with Williams for a further four years, winning races from the start of a partnership with BMW in 2000, before making the switch to BAR in 2002.