Jordan tests in gloomy Silverstone conditions

Jordan tests in gloomy Silverstone conditions

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.

Nick Heidfeld.
Photo by Mark Gledhill.
Nick Heidfeld, the team's only confirmed driver for the 2004 season, drove the new EJ14 while guest test driver Timo Glock, drove last year's EJ13. The cars ran on the International circuit - a 2.249 mile lap using the top half of the full Grand Prix circuit. The configuration is used mainly for Touring Car and Formula Three races and is very rarely used for Formula One testing.

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.

Underneath the EJ14.
Photo by Mark Gledhill.
Heavy rain then arrived and prevented the team doing any more running before lunch. The rain continued well into the afternoon and the session was halted briefly to allow the drivers to inspect the circuit in a road car. The rain then eased and midway through the afternoon Heidfeld returned to the circuit. His run was cut short, however, as his car coasted to a halt at the fast Bridge corner after suffering exactly the same problem as it experienced earlier in the day.

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.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nick Heidfeld , Timo Glock
Teams Jordan