JULY 3, 1995
Wirth is also thought to be on Ligier's shopping list at the team's planned British design office, although there are conflicting rumors which suggest that Ligier boss Tom Walkinshaw is trying to convince not only Ross Brawn to leave Benetton but also Rory Byrne as well. If Byrne can be convinced to quit Benetton, it would result in an exodus of engineers, as men such as PatÊSymmonds and Dave Wass have worked with Byrne for many years and tend to follow him from job to job.
Wherever Wirth ends up, he is expected to take with him former Simtek chief designer Paul Crooks, a highly rated engineer who has worked for both Ligier and Benetton in the past.
Although very young Wirth has been involved in F1 design since 1987 when he joined the March F1 team straight from college as an aerodynamicist. In 1989 he joined forces with Max Mosley to found Simtek Research, which worked for BMW, FISA, March Engineering, Ligier and the French government on a number of design programs including three F1 projects, windtunnels, and a variety of other racing concepts. Wirth decided to found his own F1 team in 1994, but it closed its doors recently with the loss of $9 million.