All over for Jos and Jordan?

It seems that any chance that Jos Verstappen and Jordan could agree on a contract is now over, according to reports on February 5th. Negotiations between the two stalled recently but Verstappen was still the favourite to take the second seat at ...

It seems that any chance that Jos Verstappen and Jordan could agree on a contract is now over, according to reports on February 5th. Negotiations between the two stalled recently but Verstappen was still the favourite to take the second seat at Jordan as teammate to the recently confirmed Nick Heidfeld.

Jordan was testing at Silverstone this week and launched the new EJ14 in a quiet pit-lane event. Verstappen was not present at the launch but the car has been running with the Trust logo, Jos' major sponsor.

The company had agreed to Jordan running with its logos -- presumably anticipating a contract for Verstappen was in the works -- but was adamant that it was a "no Jos, no Trust" situation.

"If Jos is not driving for Jordan then Trust will not enter into any business deal with Jordan and no Trust logos will be on the cars," said Trust MD Michel Perridon.

That now looks to be the case. Discussions were still going on in private this week but it appears Verstappen won't be driving a Jordan this season. "Despite the fact that all parties involved have done their absolute best to reach agreement, there still remain some contractual obstacles which cannot be overcome," said a report on the Dutchman's website.

A Trust spokesperson added: "We tried very hard but despite all our time and hard work we could not find an agreement."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jos Verstappen
Teams Jordan