BOTH JORDANS IN THE POINTS Both Benson and Hedges Jordan drivers Damon Hill and Heinz-Harald Frentzen won points in the British Grand Prix, bringing their Jordan Mugen-Hondas home in fourth (Frentzen) and fifth (Hill) positions. Hill gave an ...
BOTH JORDANS IN THE POINTS
Both Benson and Hedges Jordan drivers Damon Hill and Heinz-Harald Frentzen won points in the British Grand Prix, bringing their Jordan Mugen-Hondas home in fourth (Frentzen) and fifth (Hill) positions. Hill gave an excellent performance in front of his home crowd and Frentzen scored points for the fifth time this season. With the five points scored in today's race B & H Jordan has consolidated its third place in the World Championship. Frentzen lies in fourth place in the Drivers' Championship, only six points behind Schumacher and Irvine.
Coulthard won the race, giving the British fans another reason to cheer. Irvine finished second and Ralf Schumacher third.
The most dramatic moment of the day came seconds after the start when Michael Schumacher crashed heavily into the tyre wall. The reason for his crash has not been confirmed, but the Ferrari team informed the anxious press and public that Schumacher has a broken right leg. This injury will have serious implications for Schumacher's and Ferrari's Championship battle.
Back in the Jordan camp, there were smiles all round. "It is great to see both cars finishing in the top five," said team boss Eddie Jordan. "It is a fantastic result for the home crowd. This time last year we had one point, now we have 31! I think this further strengthens our third place in the championship; we have moved away from Benetton and Stewart and even gained a point on Williams. Full marks though to Ralf, who did a good job and pipped us for third. The last four laps were touch and go for Damon because his car had a pneumatic pressure problem, so we told him to back off as we knew we had a good gap from Diniz. It was a great day for him and for the fans - a great British Grand Prix. After Damon's performance today, I am not so sure he will want to stop. It is up to him but the team is behind him and would like him to continue if he can drive the way he drove today. If he keeps this up, he should continue to the end of the season."
Hill would not make any comments about his future, prefering to enjoy the moment and his and the team's great performance. "There was a lot of pressure before the race so I am very happy to have come through the trials and tribulations to finish fifth," he said. " All round it was great for the British fans with David winning and me having one of my best races of the season. I was unlucky at the start because I had a great start first time, but then the race was stopped. At the end of the race I had to back off because of a pneumatic valve pressure problem, but I managed to keep the car going. All in all it was a good and enjoyable race. The strategy was good and gave me a chance to race. The plan now is to have a few beers and think about the future. I am not going to make any decisions today. This whole weekend has been great in terms of the atmosphere from the fans for all the British drivers and I think they have put on a great show for the rest of the world. I had to shut out my emotions and concentrate on the job this weekend, but I am very pleased that the job was done and I had a good result for the team."