JUNE 5, 2000
Prost and Jenkins
Jenkins is unlikely to be out of work for long and our sources suggest that he may well end up going to Jaguar Racing where he used to work before the operation - then known as Stewart Grand Prix - was taken over by the Ford Motor Company. At the time Ford was very unhappy that Jenkins had departed but - as the team was being run by the Stewart family - could not greatly influence the decision.
The most significant aspect of the affair is that Prost felt unable to back Jenkins for fear of the bad publicity if he were lose French staff. With Monaco being the most important race for Prost, the team issued a highly misleading statement saying that Jenkins had not resigned from the team but would not be present at the Monaco GP.
The decision could have major long-term implications as it indicates that Alain cannot overcome the French influence in the team and as a result may now lose British staff, who were hoping that Prost would anglicize the team in order to make it more competitive. This may eventually happen but Prost may only be a figurehead by the time that happens as there was intense speculation at Monaco that the team is up for sale.