The HRT team has confirmed the departures of technical director Jacky Eeckelaert and head of production Simon Shinkins, as I reported would happen recently. Eeckelaert is returning to his work with Colin Kolles’s Kodewa, which will be running a Lola-Lotus LMP2 programme this year. The team says that chief designer Jean-Claude Martens will take over. He is not an HRT employee but has worked for Holzer Engineering in Germany since 2003, designing a variety of different machinery, including DTM, GT cars and even electric vehicles. The Belgian engineer has a long history in F1, starting out in 1990 at Leyton House Racing. He moved on to the original Team Lotus, following chief designer Chris Murphy and stayed until the team shut down at the end of 1994. He then spent two years as chief designer at Nissan Motorsport Europe before being hired by Toyota for its F1 project in 1997, where he stayed for six years before joining Holzer. The team has also replaced Shinkins.