Pitchforth Ready for Motorsport Return

Former Jaguar managing director David Pitchforth is looking at a return to motor racing, now that his enforced 'gardening leave' from the sport has ended

Pitchforth Ready for Motorsport Return

Pitchforth has been forced to sit on the sidelines for the last six months after Jaguar's new owners Red Bull Racing decided to axe him and team principal Tony Purnell from their positions in January.

Despite not wanting him to continue at their operation, Red Bull Racing refused to release Pitchforth from his contract, which has prevented him from finding work elsewhere. However, his contractual links with the team are now over and he is looking at getting back involved in the sport.

"It's a weight off my mind," he told Autosport-Atlas about being finally contractually free. "I am looking at getting back into motor racing, and not many people get a chance to reassess their careers. However, F1 is not in the best of health of the moment."

After the pressures of the final year of Jaguar Racing, where Purnell and Pitchforth worked hard to save the team after Ford decided to pull the plug on the operation, Pitchforth actually welcomed being off the scene for a while.

"It's been good," he said. "In the last year at Jaguar there were pressures from the parent company and pressures from the job - and I had it from both sides. That is difficult, because you end up being on your own.

"I've taken a bit of time to get my head straight and work on getting the contractual situation put to bed."

Pitchforth is likely to have little problem finding a job in the sport. Despite not seeing eye-to-eye with Red Bull chiefs, he is highly regarded in the F1 paddock for his work at Jaguar Racing prior to Ford's decision to pull out.

And although he was disappointed not to have remained at Red Bull Racing after all the work he put in at Jaguar, Pitchforth has nothing but pride for what he achieved during his spell at the Milton Keynes-based team.

"I am very proud of what we did at Jaguar," he said. "We had less money and we made a better car. It gained on the competition so I was very proud of the people that we had there at the end.

"There was the threat of redundancy and I am proud that everyone stuck together and also proud that we sold the team. It meant that we helped Ford and we helped Red Bull - and that is an achievement I am proud of."

shares
comments
Jordan Also Commit to F1 Beyond 2008
Previous article

Jordan Also Commit to F1 Beyond 2008

Next article

McLaren Drivers to Miss Mosley Meeting

McLaren Drivers to Miss Mosley Meeting
Load comments
Why thrilling Jeddah F1 circuit needs to be safer Plus

Why thrilling Jeddah F1 circuit needs to be safer

OPINION: Saudi Arabia's new F1 circuit delivered a memorable first event, although not necessarily for all the right reasons. In the wake of the chaotic race, drivers voiced their concerns about the track but small changes could make significant improvements ahead of a return in four months

The long-term F1 vision causing Haas’s short-term pain Plus

The long-term F1 vision causing Haas’s short-term pain

From ranking as one of the most impressive new teams to join the Formula 1 grid, Haas’s stock has plummeted along with its on-track performances over the past two seasons. Everything now hangs on whether its reforged alliance with Ferrari can deliver a better car – and whether its rookie drivers can set aside their quarrels. OLEG KARPOV asks if any of these goals are achievable…

The line Verstappen finally crossed in F1's first Jeddah race Plus

The line Verstappen finally crossed in F1's first Jeddah race

OPINION: Max Verstappen has made the 2021 Formula 1 championship. He’s taken the fight to the all-conquering Mercedes squad and its dominant champion, produced driving displays few can match. But he’s been on a controversial course too, and finally crossed a particular line in Jeddah

Formula 1
Dec 7, 2021
Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

An ill-tempered Saudi Grand Prix made Formula 1 more soap opera than sporting spectacle at times, but there were some strong performances up and down the field on the world championship's first visit to Jeddah

Formula 1
Dec 6, 2021
How the Jeddah F1 race became a one-sitting Netflix drama series Plus

How the Jeddah F1 race became a one-sitting Netflix drama series

The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was a race packed full of incident as Formula 1 2021's title contenders repeatedly clashed on track. Lewis Hamilton won out over Max Verstappen to level the scores heading into next weekend's Abu Dhabi finale, as Jeddah turned F1 into a drama series

Formula 1
Dec 6, 2021
The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance Plus

The impressive attitude that earned Albon his second F1 chance

Dropped by Red Bull last season, Alexander Albon has fought back into a Formula 1 seat with Williams. ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains what Albon has done to earn the place soon to be vacated by the highly rated George Russell

Formula 1
Dec 5, 2021
How Formula E factors could negate Red Bull's Jeddah practice gap to Mercedes Plus

How Formula E factors could negate Red Bull's Jeddah practice gap to Mercedes

Mercedes led the way in practice for Formula 1’s first race in Jeddah, where Red Bull was off the pace on both single-lap and long runs. But, if Max Verstappen can reverse the results on Saturday, factors familiar in motorsport’s main electric single-seater category could be decisive in another close battle with Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1
Dec 3, 2021
Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer Plus

Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer

Earning praise from rivals has been a welcome sign that Lando Norris is becoming established among Formula 1's elite. But the McLaren driver is confident that his team's upward curve can put him in the mix to contend for titles in the future, when he's hoping the compliments will be replaced by being deemed an equal adversary

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2021