Ian Phillips leaves Force India after 19 years

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Force India’s director of business affairs, Ian Phillips, has left the team. He had been with them since they entered their first F1 race as Jordan in 1991.

A statement issued by the team said:

In 1990 Ian moved to the new 7-Up Jordan team as commercial manager, beginning a lifelong friendship with Eddie Jordan. He has been with the team ever since working on the commercial side with major deals including 7-Up, Sasol, Benson & Hedges, Deutsche Post World Net and hundreds of smaller ones. The team would like to wish Ian every success in his future endeavours.

It is not clear what Phillips has moved on to. He previously worked as a journalist and had provided the commentary for some practice sessions on the BBC last year.

Although the parting seems to be amicable there was a problem last year when the team refuted remarks made by Phillips to the BBC. He had said Ferrari would request Force India to release Giancarlo Fisichella to drive for them at Monza before the announcement had been made public.

It’s the team’s second major departure this year: last month technical director James Key revealed he was leaving the team to join Sauber.