OCTOBER 10, 2002
Petrucci to Jordan
Nicolo Petrucci, the chief aerodynamicist of the Arrows team, has signed for Jordan. The former Ferrari engineer is seen as having been one of the major reasons for the good showings of Arrows in recent years but the disintegration of Tom Walkinshaw's team has meant that he will now move to Jordan where he will work with Henri Durand. The two men both worked with John Barnard at Ferrari's Guildford Technical Office in the late 1980s.
The hiring of Petrucci should be a good step forward for Jordan which has struggled to keep good technical people in recent years because of the lack of investment in facilities. It is also a sign that Jordan is facing up to the need to do a better job and that building up the team's technical capacities is the element to success in the future.