Unfulfilled potential characterised Jordan Ford's San Marino Grand Prix, with unrelated engine failures forcing first Ralph Firman and then Giancarlo Fisichella to retire on laps 54 and 59. Before his retirement, Firman reported clutch trouble, ...
Unfulfilled potential characterised Jordan Ford's San Marino Grand Prix, with unrelated engine failures forcing first Ralph Firman and then Giancarlo Fisichella to retire on laps 54 and 59. Before his retirement, Firman reported clutch trouble, which the team believes was related to the engine problem. Fisichella lost time during his first pit stop due to a misunderstanding when he believed he had been given the signal to pull away while the car was still being refuelled. Later he had a hydraulics problem which had stabilised shortly before the engine went.
"I'm a bit disappointed. I lost quite a lot of time on the pit stop and then more time to overtaking Trulli and a hydraulics problem and then I blew up the engine. I lost a bit of time behind Ralph, we were on different strategies but we were at the same part of the track. Anyway, our pace wasn't too bad and I'm looking forward to the next race."
"I got held up by the Minardis at the start of the race but once I got clear of them, I was able to push on quite hard although the car had a little bit of oversteer on the turn in to corners. Later I had a clutch problem and after a couple of laps the engine just packed up. I'm looking forward to the Silverstone test next week, as the time in the car will be a great help to me. I think I still need to improve myself in qualifying but in the race I always seem to do a reasonably good lap time."
Gary Anderson, Director of race and test engineering:
"We first knew Ralph had a problem when he reported the clutch slipping, which we later discovered was caused by an engine problem which soon afterwards caused him stop. On Giancarlo's car something went wrong with the engine, there was a lot of smoke. We had a hydraulic problem as well but it stabilised and would have been okay for the last ten laps. When you're not in good condition it's best just to learn as much as you can about reliability. They say what a difference a day makes - well what a difference a week makes!"
15th (engine, lap 59)
CHASSIS NUMBER: EJ13-04
DNF (engine, lap 54)
CHASSIS NUMBER: EJ13-03