INEOS BRITANNIA TEAM UNVEILED
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSINEOS BRITANNIA TEAM UNVEILED
05 Oct 2021
Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Sir Ben Ainslie, Dave Endean, Toto Wolff and James Allison during the launch of INEOS Britannia with Inside Tack host Georgie Ainslie. Photo: Finn Pomeroy for INEOS Britannia
INEOS Britannia has announced its core team to lead the British challenge for the 37th America’s Cup.
The British America’s Cup team has come together with Mercedes-AMG F1 Applied Science, a division of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, to form INEOS Britannia. Leading INEOS Britannia on and off the water into the 37th America’s Cup will be Sir Ben Ainslie, four-time Olympic gold medallist and one of only two British sailors to have won the America’s Cup.
Ben Ainslie said: “As we enter our third campaign, we have taken a lot of learnings from our previous challenges and assembled a world class team combining talent from Formula 1 and the America’s Cup. Mercedes-AMG F1 Applied Science bring a legacy of design to the table. They are proven winners, it’s in their DNA, it’s in their culture.”
James Allison will be the technical lead as chief technical officer of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team and INEOS Britannia.
Through Mercedes-AMG F1 Applied Science, Geoffrey Willis will be dedicated to INEOS Britannia as technical director, having previously worked in the America’s Cup with Peter de Savary’s Blue Arrow Challenge.
Leading the design concept for INEOS Britannia’s AC75 boat will be naval designer, Martin Fischer. He was most recently a key part of Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli’s design team for two America’s Cup campaigns.
Dave Endean, project director for the team’s 36th America’s Cup campaign, completes the leadership team as COO.
The INEOS Britannia sailing team is currently in the process of reforming. Giles Scott, the team’s Tactician in Auckland, has become one of the first sailors to re-sign with the team following his gold medal in the Finn Class in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.