Malaysian GP: Jordan preview

Jordan eagerly anticipates the challenge of the Malaysian Grand Prix, following a mixed experience in the first race. After the Australian Grand Prix, drivers Nick Heidfeld, Giorgio Pantano and Timo Glock travelled straight to the Asian region to...

Jordan eagerly anticipates the challenge of the Malaysian Grand Prix, following a mixed experience in the first race. After the Australian Grand Prix, drivers Nick Heidfeld, Giorgio Pantano and Timo Glock travelled straight to the Asian region to acclimatise and prepare for the extreme exertion demanded by the conditions of Kuala Lumpur's Sepang International circuit.

Glenn Lindsay is Jordan Ford's physiotherapist with the team's health and wellbeing sponsor, vielife. "Maintenance of the body's hydration status is vital in order to avoid loss of concentration and co-ordination which would have a serious impact on a driver's race. In this environment, many factors combine to elevate body temperature: high ambient temperatures, the muscular effort of driving the car, the effect of the fireproof overalls, the helmet, the enclosed cockpit space, heat from the engine and radiant heat from the sun," Lindsay explains.

"The body lowers its temperature through sweating and drivers can lose up to 2kg during an F1 race, losing up to a litre of fluid per hour. In order to recover they have to drink more than they have lost, to allow for kidney function, so for example to replace a litre of lost fluid a driver would have to consume 1.5 litres."

"The type of drink is important as it should provide energy as well as replace fluid, especially where a race lasts longer than an hour. In this situation isotonic drinks, which have the same electrolyte concentration as the body, are useful. However in hotter climates, where sweat loss is greater, hypotonic drinks are perhaps more appropriate as rapid fluid replacement takes priority."

"The 72 hours prior to the race is the critical hydration period and on race day I encourage drivers to drink little and often, monitoring their hydration levels regularly. In fact feeling thirsty is not the best indicator because by the time you experience thirst, the body is already dehydrated. Basically it's my job to keep a drink bottle in the drivers' faces at all times!"

James Robinson, Head of Race and Test Engineering:

"We were encouraged by our experiences in Melbourne and it's great that Giorgio has a Formula One race under his belt, a well-driven one at that. We fully understand the cause of Nick's clutch problem and have implemented changes for this weekend. This race will test the drivers and cars to the limit, with track temperatures of up to 54ºC and very high humidity levels. One of our strengths is our young and fit driver line-up as these conditions play heavily on driver fitness."

"The track is challenging, very modern with good facilities and technically is a circuit that is very rewarding if everything comes together and you get it right. It will be interesting to see Bridgestone's continuous improvement with the tyres and weather changes are usually a big factor here, something we expect may come into play with our strategy on Sunday."

Nick Heidfeld:

"I am looking forward to this race very much. I scored points here the last two seasons and of course I would like to do it again. I hope that we have more success than in Melbourne and I am optimistic because there are some differences with the tyres and the car for this weekend and hopefully we will get something out of analysing our last race."

Giorgio Pantano:

"I think the track looks beautiful and hopefully will be easier to learn than Albert Park. The heat and humidity is a little bit worrying but have I travelled to Kuala Lumpur early to train in these climate conditions. It's my second Grand Prix and I'm keen to see what we can do - I know the car and team better so I hope we can achieve an improved result. The last race was a good experience for me and for sure, there's a lot more to come."

-jordan-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nick Heidfeld , Giorgio Pantano , Timo Glock , James Robinson
Teams Jordan