John McQuilliam, chief designer at Spyker F1, has been suspended. McQuilliam is no stranger to Formula 1, having joined the Jordan team in 1991 and remaining with it through the years.
Team principal Colin Kolles has reportedly suspended the Brit although the reasons for his suspension are, as yet, unclear. Last week, the Spyker B-spec car failed an FIA crash test, just days before it was meant to debut at the Turkish Grand Prix and many believe that McQuilliam was fired over this issue. When questioned, Kolles refused to be drawn stating only that, “His position is currently being investigated by the team.â€
The McQuilliam situation comes hot on the heels of a rumour that former Red Bull Racing technical director Mark Smith may be joining Spyker. Since Geoff Willis joined Red Bull last month, Smith s position within the team has been uncertain. Having worked with Mike Gascoyne in the past, the move would not come as a surprise to many. Red Bull are still waiting for an answer from Smith as to whether he will accept his new position in the team or not.