Ford will release Belgian driver Francois Duval at the end of the season as doubts about their commitment to the World Rally Championship grow.
Duval is free to look for another team
Ford said they could not guarantee the 23-year-old a full season for 2005 and he should talk to other teams.
Team director Jost Capito said: "If we continue next year we would very much like to have Francois on board.
"However as we are not in a position to give a commitment right now, we agreed to release him."
He added: "François has contributed much to Ford's WRC programme and, this season especially, has been a solid and consistent points scorer for the team."
Duval finished second in the last Rally of Germany and is sixth in the championship.
Ford, who also have Estonian Markko Martin under contract, are reviewing their rally championship involvement beyond the end of the season.