Frank Dernie

Designer & Aerodynamicist

1978 to 1988

Raised in Lancashire and Educated at Imperial College, London, Frank Dernie's first foray into Formula 1 was with the Hesketh team in 1976. When Hesketh folded he moved to Williams Grand Prix Engineering under Patrick Head as aerodynamic assistant, his first project being the Williams FW07.

Dernie’s first car, the Williams FW07 was an unmitigated success and he and Williams continued producing winning cars until he was poached by Lotus to replace Gerard Ducarouge as Technical Director in 1987.

Dernie was the first person to design a Formula 1 car using CAD software, the man who introduced a wind tunnel at Williams to improve aerodynamic development and he was responsible for Williams’ development of active suspension in the mid-1980s.

Categories: Team

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *