Jordan has revised the structure of its technical departments, with Chief Operating Officer Richard O'Driscoll overseeing a Technical Management Group which comprises John McQuilliam (Chief Designer), Nicolo Petrucci (Head of Aerodynamics), James...
Jordan has revised the structure of its technical departments, with Chief Operating Officer Richard O'Driscoll overseeing a Technical Management Group which comprises John McQuilliam (Chief Designer), Nicolo Petrucci (Head of Aerodynamics), James Robinson (Head of Race and Test Engineering), David Williams (Operations Manager) and Mike Wroe (Head of Electronics).
The technical management group takes responsibility for the design, production and racing of the Jordan Ford EJ14, which McQuilliam describes as "a lighter and more reliable car with improved suspension characteristics and weight distribution without compromising the aerodynamic optimisation achieved."
At Grands Prix, engineering will be overseen by James Robinson who joined the team in December 2003, while Gerry Hughes is now Nick Heidfeld's race engineer, assisted by Simon Cayzer and Giorgio Pantano's car will be engineered by Dominic Harlow with assistance from Peter Bonnington. Oliver Knighton joined the team in February to engineer the third car, to be driven by Timo Glock on Fridays at Grand Prix.
"2004 is going to be Jordan's fight-back," said Eddie Jordan, Chief Executive of Jordan Grand Prix. "This is a resilient and tenacious team: we came into the sport in 1991 and against all odds finished fifth in the championship. Remember, we started modestly in both 1998 and 1999 - when we achieved our historic 1-2 and two other wins and were able to be third in the Championship. Last year, we overturned everybody's expectations and won a race so my point is you never know what the season is going to hold."
"What I do know, however, is that we've worked so hard this winter, we are focused, we have an exciting youthful driver line-up and we are determined to climb up the grid bit by bit until we are one day in a position to win races again. I would like to thank my staff for their hard work and commitment and I hope so much that our efforts are rewarded on the track."
"I'm pleased that we're in Australia for the first race because the country is a joy to visit and they do such a good job of organising the Grand Prix in Melbourne. I adore the atmosphere and having the racing track inside the city. It gets the adrenaline pumping like nothing else and that's a great kick-start for the season."