Aerodynamicist Handford leaves Jaguar

Chief aerodynamicist Mark Handford became the latest victim of staff changes at Jaguar when he lost his position this week. Jaguar announced job cuts just a couple of weeks ago and the first to go was team principal Niki Lauda. More redundancies...

Chief aerodynamicist Mark Handford became the latest victim of staff changes at Jaguar when he lost his position this week. Jaguar announced job cuts just a couple of weeks ago and the first to go was team principal Niki Lauda. More redundancies are to come as Jaguar restructures its departments for the future.

Handford joined the team two years ago from the US CART series and had a major role in developing the R3. Unfortunately the 2002 contender failed to live up to expectations: serious front wing aerodynamic problems were revealed in winter testing and a major rethink hastily followed. Technical director Steve Nichols abruptly left Jaguar shortly after the launch of the R3 but Handford remained until now.

Former Renault man Ben Agathangelou joined Jaguar in March this year as Head of Aerodynamics to oversee the core aerodynamic programme led by Handford and Chief Designer John Russell. The Jaguar R4 is due to be launched on January 13th in the UK.

New drivers Antonio Pizzonia and Mark Webber are getting to grips with interim cars in testing at Barcelona, both having topped the times in recent sessions. A replacement has yet to be named for Lauda as team boss: the latest rumours have focused on former Stewart Racing boss Sir Jackie Stewart and FIA Safety Delegate and Race Director Charlie Whiting.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Antonio Pizzonia , Mark Webber , Jackie Stewart