The Force India Formula 1 team has announced a restructure of its technical team that will see former Jordan team members Mark Smith and Ian Hall return to the Silverstone-based squad.

Smith will join the team from Red Bull Racing as design director under the direction of chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne and alongside technical director James Key - with his responsibility being on the day-to-day running of the drawing office and all race car design.

Key meanwhile will focus on research and development, vehicle science and development projects for the 2009 and subsequent seasons' cars.

Hall will be join the team from 1 January from Toyota and will assume the role of project leader for the 2009 car, working closely with Key on 2009 development.

Responsibility for the 2008 car will now fall to Akio Haga, who is promoted to project leader from his current position of head of mechanical design. Both project leaders will report to Smith.

"It's great to have Mark and Ian back with the team, especially as both were instrumental in the successful Jordan era of 1999," Gascoyne said. "I have worked with both since then, with Mark at Renault and Ian at Toyota, and I am sure that they will fit very well into the new structure.

"With James and Mark I think we have a strong top management structure and I look forward to challenging the teams above us on the grid.

"The reorganisation comes at the same time the wind tunnel at Brackley has finished its commissioning process and is due to switch to 24 hour running. With these advantages we now have a great chance to expand our operations and I am confident we can move up the field very quickly next year."

 

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