The Caterham F1 Team has announced a restructuring of its technical ranks that the backmarker outfit hopes will help propel it into Formula 1’s midfield in 2014, the first year of the sport’s radical new regulations.
The biggest change in the promotion of Jody Egginton to Deputy Technical Director with immediate effect. Egginton currently serves as the team’s Operations Director, having been a part of the Caterham team since its formation when he was headhunted – along with a number of his colleagues – from Force India when the team (then known as Team Lotus) was formed.
While not a household name, Egginton’s Formula 1 experience dates back to the mid-1990s when he joined the sport as a junior design engineer with Tyrrell, followed by subsequent stints with gearbox maker X-Trac before he left the series to serve role with Open Motorsport and Prodrive, returning with Jordan in 2005.
The other change is for the team’s Performance Director, John Iley, whose role will broaden to oversee the management of Caterham’s Advanced Projects Group, a new arm of the company that will exclusively deal with future technical innovations, with the view of applying them to the Formula 1 team.
“I am pleased that both Jody and John have agreed to take on the enhanced responsibilities we are asking them to embrace as part of this reorganisation,” Caterham’s Technical Director, Mark Smith, said in a team media release.
“Jody has many years of experience on the pit wall and in the factory that will be invaluable for our team in the latter stages of the 2013 season, and particularly as we head into 2014.
“John’s role will also enable him to take a broader view of all our performance characteristics, and will allow him to innovate – something that is crucial in F1 but which is often difficult to dedicate resource to, particularly for a young team like ours,” he added.
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