Thursday November 29th, 2001
Jaguar Racing continued their restructuring on Thursday as they confirmed that the experienced Guenther Steiner will join the team as managing director from December 3.
As revealed by Atlas F1's The Daily Grapevine, Italian Steiner had been tipped to join Jaguar this year, but wanted to finish the World Rally Championship season first as director of engineering for the Ford team.
"Guenther will bring a new technical perspective to our team," said Jaguar team boss Niki Lauda. "His experience at the highest levels of motorsport, together with his engineering skills, will add a new dimension to the team."
Lauda added that Steiner will be in charge of the team's Milton Keynes factory and will also use his expertise on the technical development of the team's cars.
"This is the perfect transition for me," said Steiner. "My goal will be to generate the same synergy throughout the Jaguar Racing team that has taken Ford to the forefront of rallying."
Steiner will focus entirely on the engineering side of the team, with management help from John Allison, who will focus on the budgeting and commercial side of the team. Both men will report directly to Lauda, who is hoping to transform the team's fortunes with an added push on developing the technical side of the cars to turn them into Grand Prix winners.
Ford, meanwhile, have confirmed that Steiner will be replaced by Belgian Christian Loriaux.
Published at 10:57:53 GMT