Born: 31st July 1970
Job description: Chief Engineer
2018 - Chief Engineer, Williams
2012 - 2015 - Chief Engineer, McLaren Racing Limited
2011 – 2012 - Head of Aerodynamics, McLaren Racing Limited
2008 – 2011 - Chief Aerodynamicist, McLaren Racing Limited
2006 – 2008 - Principal Aerodynamicist, McLaren Racing Limited
2003 – 2006 - Senior Aerodynamicist, McLaren Racing Limited
1999 – 2003 - Aerodynamic Analyst, McLaren Racing Limited
1998 – 1999 - Aerodynamics R&D Technology Manager, British Aerospace
1996 – 1998 - Aerodynamicist, Flutter Group, British Aerospace
Doug graduated in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Manchester in 1992 before completing a Ph.D in Aerodynamic Research in 1996.
His career started in aviation with British Aerospace, where he worked with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Here, Doug developed a number of aerodynamic technologies before he was seconded to McLaren to conduct CFD evaluation on several of their designs.
In 1999, McLaren offered Doug a full-time position as Aerodynamic Analyst, a role he held for three years before graduating to Senior, Principal, and then Chief Aerodynamicist over the space of nine years.
From mid-2006, Doug took on the overall responsibility for the aerodynamic design of the McLaren cars until 2012, during which he pioneered technologies like the “F-Duct” and the “Coanda Exhaust”, accumulating 34 race wins and 1 Drivers Championship title (2008 Lewis Hamilton) during this period.
In 2012, Doug took on the role of Chief Engineer at McLaren until 2015.
In 2018, he joins Williams in the same position of Chief Engineer, where he will take full responsibility for the aerodynamic and design direction of the car.