Willem Toet is returning to the Sauber F1 Team as Head of Aerodynamics. The 59-year-old Dutchman had already occupied this post from 2006 to 2009 inclusive, but during the sweeping staff cuts that followed BMW’s withdrawal from Formula One, he had voluntarily vacated his position. Seamus Mullarkey (46), who took over as Head of the Aerodynamics Department at Hinwil, welcomes Toet’s return. The British engineer favours more technical and less management-oriented assignments and will be in charge of Aerodynamic Research. The reshuffle takes effect from 14th November 2011.
Willem Toet was born in Amsterdam (NLD) on 29th March 1952. He grew up in Australia where, after completing his degree, he began his professional path with the Ford Motor Company. From 1977 he focused his career exclusively on motor racing, initially working on touring cars, Formula 2 and Formula Ford racers. In 1982 he moved to England to work for the sports car racing team of Ray Mallock.
1985 marked the start of his Formula One career with the then Toleman Team, later to become Benetton. At the end of 1994 he joined Ferrari and spent four years in Italy as their aerodynamics chief. He returned to England in 1999 to become senior aerodynamicist at British American Racing. In 2006 he became Head of Aerodynamics at the Hinwil based F1 team.