DHL Jordan Honda goes to Brazil boosted by the reliability of the EJ12s, which was demonstrated at the Malaysian Grand Prix. Director of Race and Test Engineering, Gary Anderson, said, "Despite the disappointment of not scoring points in Sepang,...
DHL Jordan Honda goes to Brazil boosted by the reliability of the EJ12s, which was demonstrated at the Malaysian Grand Prix. Director of Race and Test Engineering, Gary Anderson, said, "Despite the disappointment of not scoring points in Sepang, mainly due to the incident where Sato ran into Fisichella, we are heartened by the fact that both cars finished the race and indeed the entire weekend, without a single technical problem. Testing in Barcelona last week has also confirmed that the EJ12 is becoming a very reliable car, and we're hoping for positive results at this race."
Chief Executive Eddie Jordan has welcomed the changes announced by the FIA last week, including the limitation of each driver to the use of a single engine per race weekend from 2004, and stewards being given the power, with immediate effect, to move a driver involved in an incident 10 places back from his qualifying position for the grid at the next event.
"This is a good start," Eddie commented. "Anything which makes the 'show' more exciting, whilst containing costs, can only be seen as an advantage for Formula One. Cost-saving by limiting the number of engines is an excellent starting point, and the driver penalties mean stewards can penalise a driver effectively but keep him in the race. All these measures will make Grands Prix better for fans"
"The average Formula One supporter gains little benefit from teams having two engine programmes, one for the race and one for qualifying. It doesn't make sense to spend large sums of money on an engine that will only complete 80 km in its lifetime, when you could be investing purely in reliable engines that will last for 800km. By curtailing costs as soon as possible, we protect the interests of the sport, keeping it manageable for smaller teams and also for new companies who want to get involved."
Testing update DHL Jordan Honda spent three days testing the newly completed EJ12 05 test chassis in warm, dry and bright conditions at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya. Takuma Sato drove for the first day then handed over test duties to team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella. The EJ12 05 completed 209 laps and the drivers worked on brake comparisons, tyre testing for Bridgestone, suspension set-up, aerodynamic development and reliability checks for new hydraulic and gearbox components. The car ran reliably for the duration of the test and the team is pleased with the progress made during its first test since the beginning of the season.
"The Brazilian Grand Prix has been quite a good race for Jordan in recent years. We've had four points finishes in three years and two of those were podiums in 1999 and 2000. Giancarlo has finished in the points here three times in the past four years, with a second place in 2000, so I am expecting him to perform well. It would be great to score our first points of the season at this race."
"I like the circuit in Sao Paolo very much, on a technical level. The anti-clockwise direction has a high impact on the neck muscles, as it puts forces on the opposite side to most circuits, and therefore is fairly demanding. The track itself is irregular and quite bumpy, making it a very physical drive. I am happy to race in both wet and dry conditions, in fact the `Garoa'* seems to have been on my side in previous years! I really enjoy visiting Brazil because I like the people and going to the churrascarias." * `Garoa' is the local name for the cold, light, drizzly rain characteristic to the Interlagos region.
"I have driven at Interlagos just once before. At the end of the F3 season, I took my engineer from Carlin Motorsport to the circuit and drove an old F3 car there for one day. It is unusual to drive anti- clockwise, but I have focussed much winter training on my neck muscles so I'm sure I will be fine."