LONDON (Reuters) – Laurent Mekies, the governing FIA’s head of security, will be part of Ferrari on Sept. 20, the System One workforce introduced on Wednesday.
Ferrari mentioned the Frenchman, additionally the FIA’s deputy race director for System One, would report back to their technical director Mattia Binotto as soon as at Maranello however didn’t state the function.
Mekies, a former chief engineer at Purple Bull-owned Toro Rosso, is the second high-profile FIA official to hitch a workforce over the previous yr.
Marcin Budkowski, a Polish-born aerodynamicist who additionally beforehand labored for Ferrari and McLaren, has joined Renault F1 after resigning in September because the FIA’s head of technical issues.
That transfer triggered criticism from rival groups who mentioned it was unacceptable for somebody in Budkowski’s place, with entry to secret data, to start employment with a competitor after such a brief hiatus.
The FIA mentioned Mekies, who joined them in 2014, would proceed to behave as security director throughout all championships till the tip of June however would hand over involvement in System One with quick impact.
Reporting by Alan Baldwin, enhancing by Ken Ferris