John Iley

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John Iley is a motor racing aerodynamicist, who was formerly the technical director for the Caterham F1 team.[1]

After graduating from Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry, while studying at Imperial College, London, he worked on wind tunnel testing and data analysis of a sports prototypes.

Hired by Brun Technics on graduation, he worked on both the EuroBrun F1 team and the 1990 design of the Judd-powered Brun C91 sports car. In 1991 he was hired as aerodynamicist on the Allard J2X-C sports car, and subsequently worked on Indycar development for Newman-Haas, Lola Cars and Swift Engineering.[2]

In 1995 he moved to Formula1 with Jordan Grand Prix as an aerodynamicist,[2] becoming chief aerodynamicist in 1998. In 2002 he followed Mike Gascoyne to Renault F1, and then joined Ferrari in 2004 as chief aerodynamicist.

He joined McLaren Racing in 2010,[2] but was placed on gardening leave in late 2011, ahead of his joining with Gascoyne again at Caterham F1 as performance director in 2012.[2][3]


  1. ^ Noble, Jonathan. "Caterham F1 team lays off over 40 members of staff in restructure". Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "McLaren aero man Iley heading to Caterham -". Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  3. ^ Young, Byron (27 November 2011). "McLaren: Lotus blow no big deal for 2012". Retrieved 5 July 2018.

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