Tuesday June 26th, 2001
Jordan's team boss Eddie Jordan is glad to see the Williams team doing well this season despite not having technical genius Adrian Newey with them.
Newey left the Williams team in 1996 after contributing towards several driver's and constructors' titles for the Grove-based outfit. He then moved to McLaren, who won both titles in 1998 and the drivers' crown in 1999. Newey's influence in the design of both team's cars has always been tipped as one of the main reasons for their success.
However, now that Williams are back on top and have began winning races again, Jordan is happy to see that a team can be successful without Newey.
"It is great to see Williams back so strong, even though from a Jordan point of view it's not a good thing as they are clearly more competitive than us," Jordan sais. "But what it shows is that teams can turn around a spell of poor results, and, perhaps most importantly, it shows that this can be done without the star names in terms of designers etc.
"Some people thought that without Newey, Williams could not gain the same competitive edge of old, but it is clear that we are moving into a period in Formula One where success is much more about team work and structure than individuals."
Williams have won two races so far this season and are currently third in the constructors' championship.