Motor racing-Aston Martin sign Mercedes' chief aerodynamicist Blandin

FILE PHOTO: A logo on the new Aston Martin DBX at the new Aston Martin Lagonda factory in Barry, Wales, Britain February 21, 2020. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden/Pool

LONDON (Reuters) - The Aston Martin Formula One team have signed Mercedes's chief aerodynamicist Eric Blandin in a move that they described on Wednesday as "amicable."

Silverstone-based Aston Martin use Mercedes power units and have a close relationship with the world champions, who have won both titles for the past seven years.

An Aston Martin spokesman said the Frenchman, who has past experience at Ferrari and Red Bull, would be joining next year with a start date to be decided.

The team, owned by Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, have made a number of high-profile signings as they seek to challenge the top teams and become title contenders with an expanded workforce and a new factory under construction.

Red Bull's aerodynamics head Dan Fallows has already been announced as Aston Martin's future technical director, but a start date has yet to be decided.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner said in June that Fallows would have to see out his current contract and a move "won't be within the next couple of years."

Other already-announced signings include Alfa Romeo's chief designer Luca Furbatto, as engineering director, and Red Bull aerodynamicist Andrew Alessi as head of technical operations.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Editing by Shrivathsa Sridhar)

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