Inspired by a two-point finish in Monaco with Nick Heidfeld, Jordan Ford now heads directly to NÃ¼rburgring, Germany to prepare for the European Grand Prix. Jordan came close to winning this race in 1999 with Heinz-Harald Frentzen, a Drivers' ...
Inspired by a two-point finish in Monaco with Nick Heidfeld, Jordan Ford now heads directly to Nürburgring, Germany to prepare for the European Grand Prix. Jordan came close to winning this race in 1999 with Heinz-Harald Frentzen, a Drivers' Championship contender that year, who started from pole position and led the race for 32 laps before he had a problem with the electronics which caused his retirement.
"Nürburgring is always a special race for me. I had my first car test at Nürburgring and I went there a lot when I was younger. It's the race circuit closest to my home in Mönchengladbach and I did a lot of races there in Formula 3, Formula Ford, Formula 3000. I really like the circuit - it's safe and modern and the atmosphere is definitely special because of all the German supporters."
"I was unhappy about my first Monaco Grand Prix as it was looking good and I think if we hadn't had problems with car I could have got a point in the race, as well as Nick. Anyway, I am looking forward to Nürburgring now. I have raced there three times in F3000 and although it is one of my favourite circuits so far I have been very unlucky there - like Monaco! But I'm hoping that will change this year and actually I hope it rains. I like the track because it is both technical and fast and not many circuits have both characteristics."
"I have driven at Nürburgring a lot of my races there six out of eight I finished first or second and that's quite a good record. I'm looking forward to going there with Jordan as it will be amazing for me to come home in F1. We have been to all these different countries and it's really good to be in Germany where I have a lot of friends and fans, especially at this circuit. On the driving side, this track suits me because there are a lot of technical corners especially the fast ones in the first sector and that's good. It's a little bit difficult to overtake but that's not my problem yet, as the Friday test driver!"
James Robinson, ead of race and test engineering:
"It's good to go to Nürburgring following on from our two-points success in Monaco which has set a positive mood in the team. The weather is always very unpredictable at Nürburgring and that will hopefully open up opportunities for us. We're eager to have a wet race in order to show what our cars, drivers and the Bridgestone wet weather tyres can do. Maybe this weekend will give us that chance. We have done extensive testing with Bridgestone and selected our tyres for this circuit and we are quite confident about our choices."
*Bahrain message chosen by German fan
The Message from Bahrain at the European Grand Prix has been selected from the suggestions of Formula One fans who entered a competition organised by German magazines AutoBild and AutoBild Motorsport. The emblem on the Jordan Ford EJ14 engine covers is the official logo of "European enlargement" which celebrates the enlargement of the European Union - the entrance of new member states encouraging the spread of European harmony and goodwill.
The team is participating in a range of activities to promote this year's event: Eddie Jordan and his band V-10 will be playing charity concerts on 28 and 29 May at 2100hrs at "Start & Ziel" while Nick Heidfeld and Timo Glock will take fans on `taxi rides' round the Nürburgring circuit in Ford road cars on 27 and 29 May as part of a competition arranged by the Grand Prix organisers. In addition, during the public pit lane access on Thursday 27 May, all three Jordan drivers will be in the Jordan pits to meet fans and sign autographs.
Nick Heidfeld and Giorgio Pantano will test at Silverstone on 2 and 3 June. At Jos Verstappen's request, he will not participate in a test with Jordan Ford on 1 June as previously announced.