Jordan concluded a two-day test session at Silverstone circuit in England today despite experiencing torrential weather conditions and several mechanical problems. The drivers completed 102 laps between them over the course of the seven hour ...
Jordan concluded a two-day test session at Silverstone circuit in England today despite experiencing torrential weather conditions and several mechanical problems. The drivers completed 102 laps between them over the course of the seven hour session, and the team was happy with the progress made during the day.
The day started overcast and the drivers took full advantage of the conditions to do several short stints, with Heidfeld running up to ten laps at a time and Glock doing stints of up to five laps. Each time Glock left the garage he would coast very slowly along the pitlane. Also both drivers were notably lifting off the throttle through Woodcotte, the final corner, as the track was very slippery.
After an hour Heidfeld was unable to change down gears as he approached the Becketts hairpin in the first part of the lap and he coasted to a halt. The car was returned to the garage and completely dismantled while the mechanics worked on the rear of the car. It was reassembled ninety minutes later and, after initial problems selecting a gear, Heidfeld was able to return to the circuit. Glock, meanwhile, did a pit stop to allow the team to practice refuelling.
Both cars were now in the garage while Heidfeld's gearbox was repaired and Glock's engine was changed. The cars remained dismantled until the final half an hour when they were hastily reassembled and both drivers took to the circuit. Heidfeld concentrated on doing a 20-lap run while Glock carried out pit stops in order for a team member to practice using the refuelling rig.
The session ended a few minutes early due to poor visibility. The Jordan team will now head to Jerez in Spain where they are scheduled to begin a four-day test next Tuesday.