Jordan Claim Contract with Smith

Red Bull Racing appear to have a fight on their hands to obtain the services of much-heralded designer Mark Smith after his former team Jordan claimed they still have him under contract.

Jordan Claim Contract with Smith

Red Bull Racing appear to have a fight on their hands to obtain the services of much-heralded designer Mark Smith after his former team Jordan claimed they still have him under contract.

Smith was announced as Red Bull Racing's deputy technical director on February 25 just less than two months after he had been appointed as the technical director of Jordan Grand Prix.

But in a press conference ahead of Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Jordan boss Colin Kolles insisted Smith is still a Jordan employee and said: "We still have a contract with Mark Smith and that is the fact.

"We will announce at the right time, please understand this, because the situation with Mark Smith is not clear at all, from our side at least. This is what I can tell you. There are some announcements made, maybe he signed some other contract.

"We will clarify that situation, maybe not in front of the journalists. He has a very clear contract (with Jordan). I'm not supervising somebody if he's signing two or three or four or five contracts. Everybody has to decide for himself if he works professionally or unprofessionally. So it's a question for me of dealing in a professional way."

Smith worked on Jordan's very first car in 1991 and spent ten years with the team before leaving with Mike Gascoyne to Renault then returning to Jordan at the end of last year.

He had been tipped to join up with Gascoyne again at Toyota and was thought to be using Jordan as a stepping stone to join his former boss because he was not allowed to move directly with him.

His move to Red Bull came as a surprise to many and looked to have been an impressive coup by the team's new technical boss Guenther Steiner until Red Bull boss Christian Horner heard of Jordan's objection.

"As far as I am concerned he will be joining the company imminently but Colin's comments today are obviously the first I have heard of anything to the contrary," said Horner.

shares
comments
Interview: Adam Cooper with Pedro de la Rosa

Previous article

Interview: Adam Cooper with Pedro de la Rosa

Next article

BAR Would Sacrifice Championship Spot for Wins

BAR Would Sacrifice Championship Spot for Wins
Load comments
The ‘backwards step’ that is the right move for Formula 1 Plus

The ‘backwards step’ that is the right move for Formula 1

OPINION: With its days apparently numbered, the MGU-H looks set to be dropped from Formula 1’s future engine rules in order to entice new manufacturers in. While it may appear a change of direction, the benefits for teams and fans could make the decision a worthwhile call

The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots Plus

The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots

Team Lotus ceased to exist in 1994 - and yet various parties have been trying to resurrect the hallowed name, in increasingly unrecognisable forms, ever since. DAMIEN SMITH brings GP Racing’s history of the legendary team to an end with a look at those who sought to keep the flame alive in Formula 1

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2021
Why the 2021 title fight is far from F1's worst, despite its toxic background Plus

Why the 2021 title fight is far from F1's worst, despite its toxic background

OPINION: Formula 1 reconvenes for the Russian Grand Prix two weeks after the latest blow in ‘Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton’. While the Silverstone and Monza incidents were controversial, they thankfully lacked one element that so far separates the 2021 title fight from the worst examples of ugly championship battles

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2021
How F1’s other champion to emerge from 1991 thrived at Lotus Plus

How F1’s other champion to emerge from 1991 thrived at Lotus

Mika Hakkinen became Michael Schumacher’s biggest rival in Formula 1 in the late-90s and early 2000s, having also made his F1 debut in 1991. But as MARK GALLAGHER recalls, while Schumacher wowed the world with a car that was eminently capable, Hakkinen was fighting to make his mark with a famous team in terminal decline

Formula 1
Sep 21, 2021
The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey  Plus

The forgotten F1 comeback that began Jordan’s odyssey 

Before Michael Schumacher – or anyone else – had driven the 191 (or 911 as it was initially called), Eddie Jordan turned to a fellow Irishman to test his new Formula 1 car. JOHN WATSON, a grand prix winner for Penske and McLaren, recalls his role in the birth of a legend…

Formula 1
Sep 20, 2021
The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog Plus

The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog

A podium finisher in its first outing but then never again, the BRM P201 was a classic case of an opportunity squandered by disorganisation and complacency, says STUART CODLING

Formula 1
Sep 18, 2021
The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from Plus

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from

OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences

Formula 1
Sep 17, 2021
How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum Plus

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum

With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...

Formula 1
Sep 16, 2021