Robert Doornbos ended his rollercoaster 2004 season on a high today by finishing 13th in Friday's Practise Sessions for the Brazilian GP. In only his third outing for Jordan Grand Prix, the 23-year old Dutch testdriver even finished far ahead of...
Robert Doornbos ended his rollercoaster 2004 season on a high today by finishing 13th in Friday's Practise Sessions for the Brazilian GP. In only his third outing for Jordan Grand Prix, the 23-year old Dutch testdriver even finished far ahead of his highly regarded teammates (and racedrivers) Nick Heidfeld and Timo Glock.
Also in the final of his three 2004 Formula One Grand Prix appearances, Doornbos managed to continue his form from China and Japan, by putting down another blistering performance.
On his first acquaintance with the bumpy Autodromo Carlos Pace, Doornbos drove 27 laps in the first hour at the 4.309 kilometer long track near São Paulo. With a best laptime of 1:14.966 the reigning FIA International F3000 Rookie of the Year was not only within 2.5 seconds of Juan Pablo Montoya fastest time, he also was half a second quicker as his much more experienced teammates.
In the second Practise Session, Doornbos even excelled himself by improving his best laptime from the first hour with more than 2.5 seconds in order to finish on a highly respectable 13th position.
By lapping the tricky Interlagos-circuit under 72.5 seconds, the Viareggio-based (Italy) driver was over seven tenths of a second quicker as Jordan Grand Prix' first driver Nick Heidfeld and over 1.5 seconds faster as Timo Glock. With a margin of only 1.179 seconds behind provisional polesitter Rubens Barrichello, Doornbos also handed Jordan Grand Prix one of their best Friday results of the season.
Robert Doornbos: "First of all I want to thank the team and my sponsors Muermans Group and Burgfonds for this wonderfull opportunity. I think that in these three weekends I gave all F1 teambosses a pretty good impression of my pace and abilities. After a great season in F3000, I know I'm up to this job. With a little extra support, I definitely reckon to be on the 2005 grid in Melbourne!"