Brazilian GP Jordan preview

"The Benson and Hedges Jordan Honda team travels to Brazil hoping to maintain the point scoring form it has shown in the first two races. "Third in the Championship is where the team wants to stay," commented Jordan's Chief Executive, Eddie Jordan.

"The Benson and Hedges Jordan Honda team travels to Brazil hoping to maintain the point scoring form it has shown in the first two races. "Third in the Championship is where the team wants to stay," commented Jordan's Chief Executive, Eddie Jordan. "The first two races have gone well for us, but we are up against stiff competition. Heinz has finished third in Brazil for two years running, so if we can maintain that form and see Jarno in the points too, it would be perfect."

After a hectic schedule travelling to races as well as testing for Jordan Honda, the team's third driver, Ricardo Zonta, will enjoy a race closer to home - his home town of Curitiba is just south-west of Sao Paulo. Zonta, who celebrated his 25th birthday last week, is looking forward to the atmosphere of the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, particularly because of the nation's increased interest in the sport as this season sees five Brazilian drivers competing in F1.

"There are lots of go-kart tracks in Brazil and many kids take up karting when they are young, which is definitely the motivation for moving to F1", said Zonta. He continued, "With quite a few Brazilian drivers of the same generation now in CART, and five of us in F1, I think it's also fair to say that our fathers were probably a big source of motivation to our driving because of Ayrton Senna".

After racing last year, sitting back to watch the track action from TV monitors and listening to the team's communications from a headset can be hard for Zonta, as he explains. "With the EJ11 car package being so good, it's hard to watch from the garage as I can imagine myself in the cockpit. Everybody in the team is brilliant and very friendly though and I'll enjoy being at every race. Although I miss the racing, I am learning so much by being involved in the driver briefings and spending time with the engineers which is very beneficial". Zonta will return to the cockpit on April 3rd for a three day test at Silverstone, with Jarno Trulli joining him on the final day.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen returned home to Monaco after the Malaysian Grand Prix and spent a few days testing in Barcelona before heading to Hanover, Germany on Friday 23rd for CeBIT, the world's largest exhibition for the IT industry with some 7,400 exhibitors from more than 60 different countries and close to 420,000 square metres of display space. Five Jordan sponsors - Deutsche Post, Lucent Technologies, Imation, Brother & Hewlett Packard - took part in the event, and Frentzen visited the Imation and Brother stands to meet and greet the sponsors and fans.

BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX CHASSIS DETAILS <pre> Frentzen Chassis 04 Trulli Chassis 03 T-car Chassis 02 (set up for HHF pre-race) </pre> Heinz-Harald Frentzen on the Brazilian Grand Prix
"Apart from Imola, this is the only track on the F1 calendar that runs anti-clockwise. I enjoy the circuit and we have seen some good races there in the past with good overtaking manoeuvers. The track was re-surfaced before the 2000 Grand Prix which reduced the lap times, but the bumps are still quite bad. This is a circuit where no tooth-filling is safe!"

Jarno Trulli on the Brazilian Grand Prix
"Interlagos is a very nice circuit, but it is technical and tough and very twisty. I always like driving in Brazil as the circuit suits my driving style and I have always been strong there, so I hope for more good results. Last year we scored our first points at this race so I would like a repeat performance".

TESTING INFORMATION

Heinz-Harald Frentzen commenced a three day test in Barcelona on Wednesday 21 March, running the new EJ11 chassis 05 for the first time. The team concentrated on chassis set-up for the Spanish Grand Prix on the first day, which included engine and software development and tyre testing for Bridgestone and team evaluation purposes. Frentzen ran again for the second morning to carry out brake and suspension evaluation and was happy with the progress. For the afternoon session after an engine change during the lunch brake, Jarno Trulli took over and completed two long runs for tyre evaluation purposes which he furthered on the final day with some brake development work. Both drivers completed a combined total of 1072 kilometers in EJ11 chassis 05.

CIRCUIT INFORMATION

Thousands of fans pack themselves into the circuit for the only South American Formula One race of the year. Although resurfaced in 2000, the track remains bumpy. This, coupled with the fact that Interlagos is one of just two circuits that runs in an anti-clockwise direction makes this race one of the toughest and physically demanding for the drivers, putting extra strain on the drivers' muscles. The circuit is built in a very hilly area so there are some steep gradients to the track. The combination of two straights and a section of slow, technical corners in the infield, means there has to be a compromise with car set-up and downforce, which can be further affected by the very changeable tropical weather conditions.

CIRCUIT DETAILS <pre> Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Avenida Teutonio Vilelela s/n, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Circuit Length: 4.309 km

Race distance: 4.309 km x 71 laps = 305.909 km

TIMETABLE (local time)

Time difference is GMT - 4 hours (due to British Summer Time)

Friday 30 March

Free Practice 11.00 - 12.00 13.00 - 14.00

Saturday 31 March

Free Practice 09.00 - 09.45 10.15- 11.00

Qualifying 13.00 - 14.00

Sunday 1 April

Warm-Up 09.30 - 10.00

Race 14.00

-Team Jordan

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Ricardo Zonta , Eddie Jordan , Ayrton Senna
Teams Jordan