Special (via FAX) to Racing Into The Future - written by Louise Goodman, Total Peugeot Jordan Circuito de Jerez 6th - 10th February Total Jordan Peugeot left Jerez in southern Spain on Friday 10th, February at the end of a five-day test ...
Special (via FAX) to Racing Into The Future - written by Louise Goodman, Total Peugeot Jordan
Circuito de Jerez 6th - 10th February
Total Jordan Peugeot left Jerez in southern Spain on Friday 10th, February at the end of a five-day test session with the new Jordan-Peugeot 195. Bad weather forced the team to return home a day earlier than scheduled, but the test was still deemed a success by Total Jordan Peugeot Team Manager John Walton. "Although the week was marred by the weather conditions, we were still very pleased with the progress we made" he said.
Eddie Irvine started off the test by completing a full systems check on Monday afternoon, before work began in earnest on Tuesday. "One of our principal aims was for the drivers to get properly acquainted with the new car" explained Walton. "We also had a varied programme to get through which included tests on the clutch control, gearbox oil and hydraulic pump system, in addition to general set-up work". The team were happy with the improvements made to the car. "We got some very positive feedback, particularly with the clutch control system and the hydraulic pumps" said Walton. "The gearbox oil system is progressing well too" he added.
Peugeot technicians were also in Jerez carrying out development work on the new 3-litre A1O engine. "We ran a slightly modified unit for the first time" said Walton "and also tried some different water pumps and a modified water cooling system. We were very happy with the performance of the engines" he concluded.
Eddie Irvine completed 96 laps in total during the course of his three days in the car, setting the team's best time of the week on Wednesday afternoon. Weather conditions were dry and sunny when Irvine recorded a fastest lap of 1'24.47 reaching a top speed of 217kph. Despite drastic regulation changes designed to slow the 1995 cars down that compares favourably against Michael Schumacher's pole-setting lap of 1'22.76 at the 1994 European GP. "I was very happy with the time" said Eddie. "There's still a lot more time to come from the car and a lot more to come from me as well. At the moment I'm still trying to get used to the left-foot braking" he continued. "Once I've got that sussed I'll be able to make full advantage of the new 2-pedal set-up which we have on the 195".
Rubens Barrichello took over driving duties on Thursday, completing 46 laps during the course of the day as the team carried out some endurance testing. "Unfortunately it didn't stop raining at all on Friday" said Walton. "With more of the same forecast for the weekend, we elected to cut our losses and return home early" he continued, "so Rubens hasn't had the opportunity to do a quick time yet" That opportunity will come next week when Barrichello travels with the Total Jordan Peugeot team to Estoril for a three day test from 13th - 17th February.
Best times ---------- Damon Hill (Williams-Renault) 1'22.60 (Wed) dry David Coulthard (Williams-Renault*) 1'22.83 (Tue) dry Eddie Irvine (Total Jordan Peugeot) 1'24.47 (Wed) dry Rubens Barrichello (Total Jordan Peugeot) 1'27.13 (Thurs) wet Johnny Herbert (Benetton-Renault) 1'27.41 (Thurs) wet
*94 spec chassis/93 spec engine
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