Grapevine: Anderson Denies Retirement Rumours

Highly rated car designer Gary Anderson has moved to dismiss reports that he has quit the Dallara organisation that is building next year's first Midland Formula One car

Grapevine: Anderson Denies Retirement Rumours

Anderson was drafted back into F1 work by Italian racing car constructor Dallara when it was delegated with the task of constructing a car for the new Midland organisation, which has subsequently purchased Jordan Grand Prix.

Although Anderson has made no secret of the fact that he is reluctant to get back into a full-time role in the sport, having quit his last major F1 role with Jordan at the end of 2003, he has moved to dismiss reports this week that he has resigned from Dallara in the wake of its Jordan buyout.

Speaking exclusively to Autosport-Atlas, Anderson said that he was still working as a consultant for the Dallara project - although he has confirmed that he will no longer oversee the project because of his desire not to get dragged back into full-time work.

"Instead of overseeing the project I am working as a consultant for Dallara," he said. "I have just been down there for three days."

Sources have suggested that Jordan's new owners are pushing hard for some of the team's current design staff to shift their efforts away from this year's EJ15 and instead work solely on helping Anderson with the new Midland car.

The Midland F1 car is expected to hit the track for the first time in September for a major testing programme - with the Dallara design staff adamant that there is no chance the car will be drafted into action to replace this year's Jordan.

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