Formula 1 Aerodynamics: Modelling for Performance

8 February 2018

Heathrow Branch - British Airways Waterside Theatre


The RAeS Heathrow Branch welcomes Dr Stephen Liddle, Principal Aerodynamicist of Renault Sport Racing, as the speaker for the February 2018 lecture. Addressing the importance of aerodynamics in Formula 1 racing as well as the problems encountered and their solutions, the talk will also cover the modelling technologies and techniques used, such as wind tunnel testing, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and simulation.

CPD certificates of attendance will be endorsed for CEng, IEng or EngTech registration.

We welcome both members and non-members but for security reason, registration of attendance is required for all RAeS Heathrow Branch events.

Fees for non-RAeS members are £2 per lecture or £6 for the season.


17:45 – Registration
18:15 – Lecture start
20:00 – End

Speaker Details

Dr Stephen Liddle CEng FRAeS, Principal Aerodynamicist, Renault Sport Racing

Dr Stephen Liddle studied for MEng and PhD degrees at the University of Manchester, during which he spent time at Rolls-Royce, developing manufacturing technology for the JSF (F-35B Lightning II) aircraft programme. After briefly working in consultancy, again mainly contributing to JSF, he spent several years in research back at the University of Manchester, looking at the development of novel aerodynamic actuators in work supported by BAE Systems and Airbus.

In February 2010 he was part of a team that achieved pitch control in flight of a gasturbine powered aircraft, using fluidic thrustvectoring alone. The model scale aircraft, JAVA, is now on display in the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry.

Later in 2010, he changed direction and joined Red Bull Technology as an aerodynamicist. Although difficult to claim any credit for the first championships in 2010, he increasingly contributed to the aerodynamic design and development of the 2011-2014 cars, all of which won races and resulted in a further three consecutive World Drivers’ and Constructors’ championships.

Steve moved to Lotus as a Principal Aerodynamicist in 2014, with the team subsequently becoming part of Renault Sport Racing, where he is responsible for the aerodynamic development of the rear of the car.

Dr Steve Liddle is a Chartered Engineer, was Chairman of the Young Members Board (now Young Persons Committee) of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2008-10, elected as a Council Member in 2010 and became a Fellow of the Society in 2015. Since 2011, he has been a Trustee of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, which operated the last airworthy Avro Vulcan and aims to return the record breaking Canberra WK163 to flight.


Heathrow Branch - British Airways Waterside Theatre

British Airways Waterside Theatre


Registration is required for security reasons, either online at or contact the Branch Secretary


Dr Ana M Pedraz
Tel: 07936 392799