Team boss Eddie Jordan went from one extreme to the other in 2003, the excitement at Giancarlo Fisichella's maiden Grand Prix victory in Brazil followed by an expensive and miserable failed lawsuit against Vodafone. It was a hard struggle for the...
Team boss Eddie Jordan went from one extreme to the other in 2003, the excitement at Giancarlo Fisichella's maiden Grand Prix victory in Brazil followed by an expensive and miserable failed lawsuit against Vodafone. It was a hard struggle for the team but Jordan is ready to keep fighting on.
"Frankly, I'm a born optimist," he said in a column for the Guardian newspaper. "I've always taken an upbeat view of my involvement in the formula one business but there's no doubt that 2003 was a real emotional roller coaster."
"In the end, I celebrated our victory on the Eurostar coming back from Paris after the FIA had investigated all the timing information and concluded that we'd won," Jordan said. "That was strange, obviously a bit of an anti-climax, because people in motor racing very seldom look back. So when we finally received the trophy from Kimi Raikkonen, who'd originally been hailed as the race winner, a fortnight later at Imola it was all rather yesterday's news."
As for the court case, Jordan was upset by the situation: "Serious money was involved here, several million pounds," he recalled. "I was really shocked by some of the critical comments made by the judge against me and I was obviously concerned about the repercussions for the team. There was absolutely no doubt in my mind about the sincerity of our case, but the verdict did hurt us. That said, people move on and put these things behind them."
After Fisichella's win, the season didn't deliver Jordan any more reasons to celebrate. A couple of minor points finishes were scant reward for the team's efforts and it struggled on its small budget, finishing ninth in the constructors' standings at the end of the year.
"For the rest of the season it was all pretty disappointing," Jordan admitted. "We were never able to give Giancarlo or Ralph Firman the equipment they deserved on a consistent basis. We were scraping the odd championship point here and there. It's bloody frustrating in this business trying to scrape by on a small budget when you can see the top teams operating on perhaps five times your money. But there's no point in complaining, that's how it is."
Despite the disappointments Eddie Jordan is, as he says, an optimist. A driver line up is not confirmed for 2004 and he is trying to secure sponsors first but the Irishman, as ever, is not about to give up.
"People go on about "Do I want to retire? Do I get pissed off by the disappointments?"" He commented. "Look, I don't want to go on about what a great team Jordan is, but you've got to think about this objectively. I never thought we were going to get through pre-qualifying when we started in formula one back in 1991 and I'm a lucky sod; I usually get lucky. Who says Jordan can't win a world championship? Of course we can."