Aerodynamics expert Mark Handford has joined former boss Niki Lauda in the F1 wilderness after following the Austrian through the still revolving door at Jaguar Racing.

The man credited with devising a rear wing introduced with some success in CART Champcar racing, was seen as the future of Jaguar's F1 challenge but, after the disappointing R3 failed to shine against worse-funded rivals, he has been axed. A team spokesman told Reuters that Handford was among those to be made redundant in the recently-reported 60-man cull at the Milton Keynes-based team.

Handford joined Jaguar in 2000 from the Newman-Haas CART team where he was head of aerodynamic development, but will cede his position in the F1 team to former Renault man Ben Agathangelou, who was recruited in the early stages of the 2002 season to lead the design of next year's challenger, the R4.