Italian GP Jordan Preview

There may have been a desire to party, following Jordan Grand Prixs maiden victory in Spa, but with three races left to fight for in the 1998 World Championship, the Benson and Hedges Jordan team was still busy testing at its wind tunnel.

There may have been a desire to party, following Jordan Grand Prixs maiden victory in Spa, but with three races left to fight for in the 1998 World Championship, the Benson and Hedges Jordan team was still busy testing at its wind tunnel. Aerodynamic improvements were found during work on Tuesday 1st September, and these will be run for the first time during the free practice session in Monza this Friday.

As Mike Gascoyne, Chief Designer explains, We have not had a chance to run the aerodynamic changes on the track as we only discovered them on Tuesday. The pattern makers, laminators and people in the paint shop have worked around the clock to give us two sets of body work to take out to Italy. The changes are quite radical and will be clearly visible at the rear of the car. We believe that this bodywork together with some other small changes should give us a three per cent improvement in aerodynamic performance.

The Jordan Mugen-Honda will also run with another upgraded engine specification for both qualifying and the race. These up-grades, together with the knowledge that the car performed well in Hockenheim (Damon finished fourth and won his first points for Jordan, Ralf finished sixth) means Benson and Hedges Jordan is confident of a good performance in Italy. We should aim to qualify in the top four and finish on the podium, says Gascoyne. Anything less will not give us third place in the championship, so we have to aim for this.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mike Gascoyne
Teams Jordan