Arrows sign Frentzen

Arrows sign Frentzen

After months of speculation, the OrangeArrows team is delighted to announce that Heinz-Harald Frentzen will race alongside Enrique Bernoldi in the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship. & ...

After months of speculation, the OrangeArrows team is delighted to announce that Heinz-Harald Frentzen will race alongside Enrique Bernoldi in the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship.

“ We’re very pleased that Heinz-Harald is joining the team”, commented OrangeArrows Team Principal, Tom Walkinshaw.“ He is a recognised top-line driver and has proved his mettle by winning three Grands Prix during his career. We are at an important stage in the development of OrangeArrows and feel that Heinz-Harald has the necessary experience to help us move forward.”

New Arrows driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen.
Photo by Arrows Grand Prix International.

The thirty-four year-old German began his Formula One career in 1994 with Sauber. After three years with the Swiss team he moved to Williams where he secured his first F1 victory at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1997 and finished the season as runner-up in the Driver’s World Championship. He left Williams at the end of 1998 and joined Jordan where he notched up another two victories before departing for the Prost team during the 2001 season. He commented,“ I’m very much looking forward to racing for OrangeArrows. The team has a fantastic facility and a lot of very talented and dedicated people. All the ingredients are there to take a major step forward and I’m convinced we will be successful."

The team also announced today that it has parted company with Dutch driver, Jos Verstappen. After two years with the team, Verstappen was released from his contract.

The OrangeArrows team’s 2002 contender, the A23, completed a successful shakedown programme in the UK on Sunday and Monday in the hands of Enrique Bernoldi. It is now in Valencia where testing began yesterday. Heinz-Harald Frentzen will drive the A23 for the first time today.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jos Verstappen , Enrique Bernoldi , Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Teams Sauber , Williams , Arrows , Jordan