Comments from the Jordan team ahead of the British Grand Prix Eddie Jordan, Chief Executive: "This is the thirtieth year in a row that I have been to the British Grand Prix, as a fan, a driver, or with a team, and it still excites me. It's ...
Comments from the Jordan team ahead of the British Grand Prix
Eddie Jordan, Chief Executive:
"This is the thirtieth year in a row that I have been to the British Grand Prix, as a fan, a driver, or with a team, and it still excites me. It's great, for a change, to be able to stay at home rather than everybody travelling away to race and it's holiday time in Ireland so we get a lot of our fans over which is just wonderful. It's also nice for local people here at Silverstone, who I feel I've been a part of for a long time."
"Most importantly though, it's good to welcome the Jordan staff and their families, who we are particularly proud about as there is huge pressure on everyone working in F1 these days. This is a hard week for those who are working but it's also fantastic fun. We are opening up a whole campus of activity for fans in the grounds of our factory and I am thinking of getting my drum kit out one evening when they've got a live band on!"
James Robinson, Head of race and test engineering:
"It's great to be back at our home Grand Prix and it's a track that we test at quite regularly. It's a high speed, high grip circuit. We have been working with Bridgestone over the last few months to develop a tyre for the track and we are very happy with the decision on tyres for this weekend. The forecast is for typical English weather, very changeable over the weekend with some rain around so hopefully we can show what the Bridgestone wet tyres can do as well."
"Off the back of the very successful London parade we took part in this week, we are excited about motorsport in Britain and entertaining the fans with a good race. We get great support from the home crowd and it's also great that our factory and testing staff, who work very hard without experiencing the excitement of racing the cars, get the chance to see their cars close-up and driven in anger at this Grand Prix."
"I am looking forward to Silverstone as it's like a home Grand Prix for me and especially for the team as it's just across the road from the factory. I always enjoy coming to England and doing the Grand Prix here because the spectators here are really great, they seem to have good knowledge about the sport and cheer everybody on. I like the circuit as it's one of the few circuits with very high speed corners, especially Becketts. Through there it's very challenging so I'm looking forward to that and I hope it will suit our race car. We test here more than at other circuits which may help us find a good set-up."
"I am very happy to be at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix. The team is like my family and this is the team's home so it's my second home. Since I joined Jordan I have been spending a lot of time here and I almost feel like an adopted "Brit"! It's quite exciting knowing there will be lots of Jordan fans at the race and also I think we can do a good job here because it's our home event and we test here quite often. I finished second here in F3000 and it's another of my favourite circuits so I will be giving my all as usual and hoping for a good result."
"Silverstone circuit is so close to the Jordan factory that we could almost drive the cars straight out of the doors and over to the track! Giorgio and I went to the London parade this week and we had a really good time, the British fans are great. I know the circuit here as we have done good tests at Silverstone both in the wet and the dry so this weekend we can get straight into the programme. If it rains and we have a crazy race Nick and Giorgio have the chance for really good results."
"It will also be fun for me because the team does so many activities here this weekend and I have time on Saturday and Sunday to visit the Jordan fan village at the factory. Knowing the team, once I've finished my driving duties they'll probably get me working behind the bar or something!"