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Frentzen & Hill boost Jordan Once Again Heinz Harald Frentzen and Damon Hill brought the Benson and Hedges Jordan team another four Championship points in today's Hungarian Grand Prix, finishing 4th and 6th respectively in their Jordan ...

Frentzen & Hill boost Jordan Once Again

Heinz Harald Frentzen and Damon Hill brought the Benson and Hedges Jordan team another four Championship points in today's Hungarian Grand Prix, finishing 4th and 6th respectively in their Jordan Mugen-Honda 199s. in a race dominated by the McLaren of victor Mika Hakkinen, strategy was all-important and led to some fascinating battles involving the Jordan duo.

At the start of the race HHF was able to move into fourth position behind Hakkinen, Irvine and a fast starting Fisichella, but in front of Coulthard's McLaren. With Damon Hill holding onto sixth place, Coulthard found himself in a Jordan sandwich.

Heinz-Harald held onto his place until his first top, but not only did he remain behind Fisichella - he also dropped behind Coulthard. Now running 5th HHF was coming under pressure from Rubens Barrichello whose Stewart was on a one-stop strategy, but Heinz-Harald's second stop allowed him to get out in front of the Brazilian and hold onto 4th to the end. Fisichella, meanwhile, had retired during his second stop.

Damon Hill's second stop was fast, but not enough to enable the former World Champion to rejoin in front of Barrichello. He managed to catch the Stewart driver, closing to within 0.5 seconds, but he was unable to pass and ultimately had to slow down during the final 5 laps when his Jordan's Mugen-Honda engine suffered a lack of air-pressure.

"The team did a very good job today," said HHF afterwards," because we both finished in the points. The car was perfect for me, although I think the strategy could have worked better. Fisichella held me up a lot, but really I am happy with three points."

Damon Hill was also satisfied with his day's work, though he admitted that the team was caught out by Barrichello's one stop strategy: "The start went well, but though our strategy was ok we had not counted on Rubens making only one stop. I was able to catch him, but around here it is difficult to pass unless someone is blocked or makes a mistake. It was a tough race, but I am happy to score a Championship point."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Rubens Barrichello , Mika Hakkinen , Damon Hill
Teams McLaren , Jordan