Jordan to keep building own cars

Jordan to keep building own cars

New regulations being considered could see smaller teams presented with the opportunity to buy complete chassis from the bigger ones, but it's an idea Eddie Jordan is not so keen on. The Irish team boss would not want to be beholden to a big team...

New regulations being considered could see smaller teams presented with the opportunity to buy complete chassis from the bigger ones, but it's an idea Eddie Jordan is not so keen on. The Irish team boss would not want to be beholden to a big team if it meant his own team had to compromise its ambitions.

Eddie Jordan.
Photo by Dave Dyer.
Sauber currently uses Ferrari engines and gearboxes and Jordan ponders if that makes life awkward for boss Peter Sauber: "I admire him as one of the finest men in F1," Jordan told F1 Racing magazine. "But I wonder if he would ever be allowed to win if it meant beating a Ferrari."

Jordan wouldn't accept that possibility, even if it meant turning down a deal with a bigger team: "Much as I would love to do a deal with Ron Dennis (McLaren team principal), or whoever, I must remain master of my own destiny."

Perhaps buying in cars would cut costs but there have been so many ideas suggested then discarded in regard to reducing financial overheads that Jordan can't think of anything new that might help. "I don't know," he said. "I've given up. Every time anybody suggests anything it gets brushed to one side."

Jordan started its first test with two new EJ14 cars at Imola yesterday. New signing Giorgio Pantano shookdown the second chassis in his first proper test for the team and he and Nick Heidfeld continue at the track today.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nick Heidfeld , Giorgio Pantano , Eddie Jordan , Peter Sauber
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Jordan