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BENSON AND HEDGES TOTAL JORDAN PEUGEOT GP PREVIEW ROUND 16 - JAPANESE GP: Suzuka ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ralf Schumacher, who will make his Formula One debut with Benson and Hedges Total...

BENSON AND HEDGES TOTAL JORDAN PEUGEOT GP PREVIEW ROUND 16 - JAPANESE GP: Suzuka ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ralf Schumacher, who will make his Formula One debut with Benson and Hedges Total Jordan Peugeot at the 1997 season-opener in Australia, had his first run in a Jordan-Peugeot earlier this week. The 21-year old German arrived at the Estoril Circuit in Portugal on Tuesday, Oct 1st, ready for a three-day test with his new team. Eddie Jordan, who travelled to Portugal to watch the first day of the test, was impressed with his new charge. "He got straight down to work and was eager to find out as much as he possibly could about the car," Jordan said. Schumacher completed a total of 174 laps, recording a best time of 1:22.32 on the final day of the test. "Obviously we had high hopes, but Ralf surpassed everybody's expectations," Jordan said. "His technical feedback was very good and his times were exceptional, particularly when you take into account this was the first time he's driven at Estoril." "It was a good test for me and I enjoyed myself," Schumacher said. "It was very easy to fit in with the team and I was pleas- antly surprised by the performance of the Jordan-Peugeot." Schumacher returned to Japan after the test to prepare for the final race of the All-Nippon F3000 Championship. He currently leads the series by two points with just one round to go. Prior to that race though, Schumacher will join his new team in Suzuka to watch the final round of the 1997 Formula One world champion- ship, the Japanese Grand Prix. The Benson and Hedges Total Jordan Peugeot team has covered a lot of ground since the first race of the season in Melbourne, back in March; 17,610 kilometres of ground to be precise. That is the total distance which B&H Jordan drivers Rubens Barrichello and Martin Brundle have completed during the course of the 15 races so far this year and a further 14,872 have been covered on the test track. The team has used 80 engines in total - 30 in tests and 50 at the races - one of which powered Barrichello to a season's best speed of 348 kph during Saturday's practice session at Monza. Rubens holds the record for the shortest race of the year, having completed less than one lap at the Monaco Grand Prix in May. Quickest pit stop by the B&H Jordan crew was 7.2 seconds on Martin Brundle's car during the Portuguese Grand Prix. That's the time it took to change four tires. During the course of the whole season though, the drivers have used a grand total of 1984 tires. They have also changed gears 157,982 times and spent 88 hours in debriefing with their engineers. The distinctive gold Jordan-Peugeot 196 cars have been repainted 56 times, and it's taken 384 cans of polish to retain the lustrous finish. A total of 8,507 different stickers have adorned six different cars which the team has used this year, 792 steel skids have been used to protect their floors and, 960 brake pads have been used, at a cost of 100 pounds each. The team motorhome has covered a lot of ground too. The Van Hool vehicle has another 13,850 kms on it's clock after a season in attendance at all the European venues. B&H Jordan sponsors, numbering 1,450, have been entertained under it's awning, feast- ing on a hearty breakfast; 73 kgs of bacon, 60 kgs of sausages and 840 fried eggs. Six thousand eight hundred bread rolls and 768 bottles of wine have been consumed and 124,600 press releases and 105,000 Benson and Hedges cigarettes have been distributed. Keeping a race team on the road is obviously a costly busi- ness. The team has spent 12,394 pounds on dry cleaning uniforms alone. However, that's a meager sum compared to the cost of transporting the team around the world to race and to tests. B&H Jordan will have spent 536,379 pounds on flights and hotels by the time the last mechanic leaves Suzuka after the final round of the 1996 Formula One World Championship. Circuit Details. Suzuka. Circuit length: 5.864 kilometres. Race distance: 53 laps - 310.792 kilometres. 1995 Pole: Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault 1:38.023. Fastest lap: Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault 1:42.975. Race: 1. Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault 1:36:52.930. 2. Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes + 18.337. 3. Johnny Herbert Benetton-Renault + 1:23.804. 4. Eddie Irvine Jordan-Peugeot + 1:42.138. 5. Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen - One lap. 6. Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha - One lap.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Johnny Herbert , Michael Schumacher , Mika Hakkinen , Olivier Panis , Mika Salo , Martin Brundle
Teams Mercedes , McLaren , Benetton , Jordan