Ferrari’s new head of aerodynamics is South African Dirk de Beer. When he was growing up his father was an F1 fan and so he went to see races in South Africa, caught the F1 bug and began planning to become an F1 aerodynamicist. He discovered that the best place to study was at the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College, at the University of London, where Professors John Harvey and Peter Beerman trained a long line of future F1 stars. Many of the final year students and PHD candidates worked as assistants in the facility, including De Beer. At the time, however, the apartheid system in South Africa was coming to an end and so De Beer decided to return to his homeland but quickly found that he wanted to get into racing car design and found a job with Swift Engineering in San Clemente, California, where he worked on the design of IndyCars until the company quit the series in 2000. He was then asked to join Sauber in Switzerland where the team was working a vast wind tunnel that was opened in 2003. De Beer then became principal aerodynamicist with the team until it was taken over by BMW and he decided to move to Renault in 2008, where he worked under Dino Toso until the latter was forced to stand down because of illness. He has been head of aerodynamics at Enstone ever since, working with technical directors Bob Bell and James Allison. De Beer rejoins Allison at Ferrari.