After the news that Franklin F1's head of aerodynamics, Maurice Hardwick has signed with Peugeot for next season, many were left wondering the effect this would have on the Championship leading team, and how they would respond to the news.
"It's a loss to the team, of course it is," States Franklin. "It's not a big loss though. Maurice has done a good job heading the department for this season, and I have to say that I'm a little bemused by his decision, given the success we're having and the plans we have in place for the future, but his future is not for me to decide, given that he seems to be more concerned with being paid an obscene amount than anything else,"
Franklin continued to talk about the after-effect that this would cause, and how he plans to go about re-structuring the team.
"We have a lot of talented people in our aero department, so to lose one man won't change much. In fact, we've already appointed his replacement. The team will still work as hard as ever, and their efficiency will be evident, I'm sure. The best part about this is that every member of staff we have is now set in a contract for the foreseeable future, so there will be no more announcements of other teams stealing our staff,"
Jamie Franklin was also asked whether he was concerned about his head of aero going to another team, given the information he has about the Franklin cars.
"It isn't really a problem. The JF-01 was always going to be a basic model, based on efficiency alone. I think many will find that the JF-02 will be a different beast altogether, one to which Maurice hasn't been a part of, as he was delegated by me to work solely on this season's car. So, no I'm not worried. In fact, Maurice is more than welcome to take a sabbatical for the rest of the season, because we prefer those who are team players and realise that the amount we are paying them is more than generous. Thankfully, the rest of the team are able to realise that,"
It would seem that Jamie Franklin is somewhat bitter to the fact that Maurice Hardwick has searched for pastures new, though it is easy to see that finance has once again played a huge part in this shake-up, and it will be interesting to know whether the staff are really being paid enough for the hard work, given their recent s