SEPTEMBER 11, 2000
David Brown goes to Jordan
JORDAN GRAND PRIX has begun to rebuild its engineering team with the recruitment of David Brown for next season.
Brown continued his relationship with Hill in 1995 but it was a frustrating season and when Brown received an offer to work with David Coulthard at McLaren for 1996 he decided to move on. He stayed with Coulthard for just a single season before being put in charge of McLaren's Young Driver program and in 1998 he was appointed managing director of the McLaren-owned West Competition Formula 3000 team. The team narrowly missed the 1998 F3000 title with Nick Heidfeld but won the title in dominant form in 1999. When West withdrew its support the team found funding from mySAP.com but this year was very disappointing and the team is not expected to continue.
Brown will now move to Jordan where he will be chief engineer.
The team has also signed a deal with Arrows chief designer Egbahl Hamidy to join Jordan as soon as he is available. Hamidy is under contract with Arrows until the end of December 2001 but is unlikely to stay until the end of the deal although an early departure will mean that he will probably have to pay damages to Arrows.