Formula 1 mourns the loss of Antonia Terzi, a former engineer of Michael Schumacher. The Italian died in an accident at age 50.
02/11/2021 | Stand: 3:21 pm
Several media unanimously report that the aerodynamic Terzi died on Sunday as a result of a traffic accident in Great Britain. Williams Racing, one of his former employers, mourns the engineer on social media.
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former colleague and aerodynamic chief, Antonia Terzi.
Our thoughts are with Antonia’s friends and family at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/lgrhmanuQm
– Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) November 1, 2021
Antonia Terzi is said to have been preparing to move to Australia before her accident. There, the 50-year-old taught as a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Canberra.
Formula 1 pioneer
The Italian was one of the first women in a managerial position in a Formula 1 team. In the early 2000s, she worked as an aerodynamicist at Ferrari alongside racing legend Michael Schumacher. She was involved in Schumacher’s Formula 1 titles in 2000 and 2001.
In 2002, Antonia Terzi moved to Williams, where she headed the aerodynamics department under technical director Patrick Head. In 2004, the Italian developed the “hammer” nose known to racing fans for the Formula 1 FW26 race car. However, this did not produce the expected better airflow around the race car. Therefore, the racing team later returned to conventional design. At the end of the season in November 2004, he left Williams and returned to the Formula 1 The back. (Also read: Tactical strike in Texas: Verstappen extends World Cup lead against Hamilton)
From formula 1 to science
From 2014 to 2019, Antonia Terzi worked for the British luxury car manufacturer Bentley. There was the head of the aerodynamics department. In 2020 she accepted a full-time professorship at the University of Canberra in Australia, where she was employed until the end.
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