Jordan denies Firman rumours

Jordan denies Firman rumours

Eddie Jordan has dismissed rumours that Ralph Firman's future with Jordan is under threat, saying the speculation is 'nonsense'. Jaguar's Antonio Pizzonia has been much in the media because of his uncertain position and reports surfaced that...

Eddie Jordan has dismissed rumours that Ralph Firman's future with Jordan is under threat, saying the speculation is 'nonsense'. Jaguar's Antonio Pizzonia has been much in the media because of his uncertain position and reports surfaced that Firman could be in the same situation. Jordan, however, said he will give the British rookie time to find his feet.

Ralph Firman.
Photo by Mark Gledhill.
"The speculation about Ralph is nonsense," Jordan said, according to SportingLife. "He needs time and that is what we will give him. I have no doubt he will do a good job for us. He is learning and we will support him in that. He did a reasonable job today, he overdrove the car a little bit and made one mistake when he drifted too wide but he pulled it together."

"He was only three-tenths off Giancarlo. It's impossible to beat a team-mate who is an experienced driver like Giancarlo with over 100 grands prix. This is all routine to him. We want to get Ralph to relax a bit more because he does put himself under a lot of pressure but as I have always said driving these F1 cars is so much more different compared to other formula."

"Sometimes you have to put an arm around your driver's shoulder. There is no doubt that Pizzonia has a loaded gun to his head but you have to give your drivers every chance."

Firman, who qualified eighteenth in Spain today, feels he has been unlucky so far this year but is sure there is improvement every race: "Eddie gave me the chance this year which is great," he said. "The deal was done very late so there's only been a handful of testing days this year and most of those have been hampered by rain as well."

"But I've had a good run so far. I feel I've been improving all the time. I've been a little bit unlucky in the first few races; in three of them I think we've had suspension failures or an engine problem. In Malaysia I had a good weekend. I think today I'm only 0.3secs off Giancarlo which is good so I'm improving all the time."

"I feel every weekend I gain another tenth, but maybe today is the first time that I've shown how quickly I've gone in qualifying."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Jordan , Ralph Firman
Teams Jordan