For the first time in his Fl career, Eddie Jordan sat down on Sunday evening to watch the ITV Highlights Programme. "I think I needed to make sure I had not been dreaming," he said. "Damon and I had been invited in as the studio guests to comment...
For the first time in his Fl career, Eddie Jordan sat down on Sunday evening to watch the ITV Highlights Programme. "I think I needed to make sure I had not been dreaming," he said. "Damon and I had been invited in as the studio guests to comment on our win. When I watched it back at home, it passed in a bit of a blur. I wouldn't mind watching it again.
But I have not watched the race. I don't feel I need to as I have very vivid memories of the key parts; the re-start and leading into the first corner - that was fabulous, what a great feeling! Ralf's fantastic strategy which saw him move up to 3rd place by the end of the first round of pit stops - a really key team performance, similar to what had been done at Silverstone; and the last eight laps which were so tough because Alesi was right behind us. Of course there was also the Coulthard-Michael Schumacher incident. I think I will remember that in the same way you remember the Senna-Mansell incidents - which is a shame really, but it was part of the race. Being on the podium for the first time as the winning constructor was another great memory, but to be honest, it was not as exciting as I had imagined."
"After the race, I felt very cold and wet after being sprayed with all that champagne! The emotions were overwhelming and by 6 o'clock I really wanted to be home with my family. Marie (my wife) was due to have come to the race, but because of the bad weather the helicopter had not been able to land. I wanted to be with her, and with the children, as they, more than anyone, have had to put up with my moods through all the ups and downs. It was a struggle to get back as we missed the British Airways flight, but our sponsor GdeZ (who loan jets to Jordan Grand Prix) came to our rescue and sent a plane to Liege, My PA, Lindsay, managed to get Oxford to re-open the airport- The controllers went in late at night to switch on the lights - can you imagine?!
Eddie celebrated on Sunday evening with family and close friends. "Being with everyone on Sunday evening, I had flashbacks to how it had all started, how Marie and I had given everything up and left Ireland 21 years ago for this dream of running a motor racing team, it does not seem so daft now ! Monday morning was crazy. I did radio and TV interviews non-stop from 8am, the fax line was ringing continuously, as was my mobile. By 2pm I decided enough was enough, and Marie and I went for a long lunch at the Leatherne Bottel, one of our favourite restaurants on the river in Henley. On Tuesday everyone was back in the factory and I was greeted with chants and singing of'One.two, one-two, one-two'. It was great!"
"This race win is so imrportant for everyone at Jordan. It answers any critics who may have said we were only good at having fun. We won in style, and we made Formula One history by being the first Fl team to have our maiden victory as a 1-2 finish. Perhaps I was imagining it, but I felt as if the engineers and mechanics were walking around the paddock holding their heads high, greeting team members from Williams, McLaren and so on as if to say, 'we are one of you now.' After all, only three teams this year have won races, and we are one of them."
"I believe we can go on from here. We have to fight for third place in the Championship. When you achieve one ambition, you must move onto the next, and we have nothing to lose in aiming for this. If we really get it right, it is a possibility."