JANUARY 4, 1999

Jenkins departs Stewart Grand Prix

ALAN JENKINS, who has been the technical director of Stewart Grand Prix since the team was established in 1996, has left the company. The move is not a big surprise given that Jordan Grand Prix technical director Gary Anderson moved to Stewart this autumn and was clearly waiting in the wings while Jenkins served out the term of his contract. As soon as Jenkins and the Stewart Family had agreed terms, it was announced that Anderson would be the new technical director.

Fifty-one year old Jenkins has been involved in F1 since the late 1970s when he was first involved with the Mexican privateer driver Hector Rebaque. He then moved to Ron Dennis's Project 4 and became part of John Barnard's team at McLaren until hired by Penske in 1984. He engineered Danny Sullivan's March to Indy 500 victory in 1985 but quit Penske in 1987 after his own cars failed to be competitive. He then moved to the Onyx F1 team and the car proved to be promising but Jenks left after the team was taken over by Swiss eccentric Peter Monteverdi.

In 1990 he joined Arrows where he was responsible for design until he joined Stewart at the start of 1996.