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Red Bull snap up Mark Smith 28 Feb 2005

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

Red Bull Racing announced late on Friday that Mark Smith has joined the company as deputy technical director with immediate effect. The 43-year old English man joins the team after successful spells producing race-winning cars at both Jordan between 1991 and 2001 and Renault between 2001 and 2004.

After a brief return to Jordan last December, Smith has committed himself to Red Bull Racing whose debut race will be next weekend in Melbourne. "I'm delighted that we have managed to secure Mark's services at Red Bull Racing,” said the team’s sporting director Christian Horner. “He brings race winning experience to the team and will form an important part of the foundations that we are putting into place."

Smith will report to technical director Gunther Steiner, who commented: "Mark is widely respected throughout the entire sector. He did exceptional work for both Jordan and Renault and is one of Formula One's most experienced technical experts. We're really delighted we were able to win him over."

Another new face in the Red Bull team is Anton Stipinovich. The 42-year-old South African is the new head of the development team. He spent the past four years working for Ferrari following four years with McLaren.