Blandin still works at Brackley and is not expected to join his new team until October of next year, after completing his gardening leave.
His appointment comes as a surprise as he is the first key player to be sought by Mercedes, Aston Martin’s powertrain and gearbox supplier.
An Aston spokesperson told Autosport: “We can confirm that Eric Blandin will start working for Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team next year. His exact start date is not yet confirmed.
“The transition from Mercedes AMG F1 Team to ourselves will be amicable.”
The team did not specify what his role or job title will be.
Frenchman Blandin began his career in the Italian wind tunnel Fondmetal Technologies in 1998, before joining Jaguar Racing as an aerodynamicist in 2002.
He stayed with the Milton Keynes team during his transition to Red Bull Racing, becoming aero team leader before leaving at the end of 2009.
During this time he worked with Dan Fallows, who is leaving Red Bull to become Aston’s technical director early next season.
From January 2010, Blandin spent 14 months as an aero team leader at Ferrari before joining Mercedes in May 2011 as a senior aerodynamicist. He was promoted to Chief Aerodynamicist in September 2017.
Eric Blandin on the podium as a representative of the Mercedes team after the victory of Valtteri Bottas at the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix
Photo By: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images
Blandin joins a long list of top signing for Aston Martin as Stroll continues to strengthen his squad and make them a true title contender.
In addition to Fallows’ future CTO, other key hires include CTO Luca Furbatto, who was previously at Alfa Romeo, and CCO Andrew Alessi, who is from Red Bull.
Team principal Otmar Szafnauer recently made it clear that Aston Martin is still recruiting as they prepare to fight for the world championship.
“Things haven’t slowed down in recruiting,” he said.
“But unless they’re very senior, we don’t advertise everyone. We have hired over 150 people this year and will continue to hire.
“If we want to win a world championship in four years, it takes human resources, infrastructure, a factory, a wind tunnel, just like the best teams, and we are on this trajectory to do so.”
Szafnauer indicated that Furbatto will start soon: “Luca will be with us in a few weeks.
“Yes, it has been announced. But you know, like everyone else, they have their notice periods. So in a few weeks Luca will be free to start with us. “