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Smith resumes Jordan career 01 Dec 2004

Mark Smith (GBR) Jordan Technical Director. Jordan Grand Prix HQ, Silverstone, England, 3 December 2004. World © Capilitan/Sutton

Mark Smith, formerly chief designer with Renault, starts work at Jordan on Wednesday as the team’s new technical director, returning to the team where he spent ten years working on their most successful cars.

Smith worked at Jordan from their entry into Formula One racing in 1991 until he left his chief designer position to join Benetton in 2001. The last Jordan car Smith worked on was the EJ11, with which the team finished fifth in the 2001 constructors’ championship.

“Returning to Jordan has two main facets for me,” said Smith. “Firstly, the motivating factor is of course to play a key role in moving the team towards the front of the F1 grid. This will be neither easy nor instant but it is a challenge that I relish.

“Secondly, this team represents something a little special for me since I was fortunate to have the opportunity of being one of the three designers of the first Jordan F1 car, the 191. I am looking forward to playing a part in what I personally regard as the next Jordan generation.”

Eddie Jordan added: “I am so glad that Mark is back at Jordan. His work played a major part in our best performing cars over the years and in my opinion he has been instrumental in the recent turnaround in performance at his last team.

“His return to us as Technical Director, along with the recent deal securing Toyota engines for Jordan in 2005, means we have every reason to be optimistic about an improvement in competitive performance next year.”

Jordan are testing for four days this week at Jerez, with Dutchmen Christijan Albers and Robert Doornbos on driving duty.