Gascoyne to join Benetton

Mike Gascoyne, Jordan's current technical director, will join Benetton during the 2001 season, as part of Renault's build up to their re-entry as a manufacturer

Gascoyne to join Benetton

Jordan announced yesterday that Gascoyne would bot be renewing his contract with the British team when it runs out in July 2001. Benetton, who have been bought by Renault, later announced the signing of the Englishman to design the team's F1 challenger for Renault's first assault on the championship as a team since 1985.

Gascoyne began his Formula 1 career as an aerodynamicist at McLaren in 1989. He then worked at Sauber and Tyrrell before joining Jordan in 1998 as Chief Designer under Gary Anderson. He was promoted to technical director of the team last January when Anderson left for Stewart (now Jaguar).

Flavio Briatore, managing director of the team, said of the announcement: "Renault have given me the task to build a team that can win the world championship. We have a good team here but I need to add the best of the best to make it strong. Mike falls into this category."

The Benetton technical director Pat Symonds, said: "I have known and respected Mike for many years and am delighted that he will be joining us to strengthen our technical department. This signing is part of our long-term strategy to create a world championship winning team. I thoroughly look forward to working with him."

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