The Spanish Grand Prix was a strong points-scoring race for Jordan Ford last season and the team is upbeat about its chances at this year's race in Barcelona. All three drivers are familiar with the circuit: Nick Heidfeld has two top six finishes...
The Spanish Grand Prix was a strong points-scoring race for Jordan Ford last season and the team is upbeat about its chances at this year's race in Barcelona. All three drivers are familiar with the circuit: Nick Heidfeld has two top six finishes in F1 here and tested at the Circuit de Catalunya with Jordan Ford at the beginning of 2004 with Timo Glock, while Giorgio Pantano knows the track well from experience before entering F1.
The team tested Bridgestone tyres for this race in April and since the San Marino Grand Prix it has also carried out 1000km of aerodynamic testing over three days at Vairano with Timo Glock from 27 to 29 April.
James Robinson, Head of Race and Test Engineering:
"We have already done a lot of homework for this circuit and believe we have got the right tyre choice. It's a very technical track and traditionally one of the hardest for which to set up an F1 car. The curves and corners are long and sweeping with high levels of G-force exerted on the drivers and in terms of the car, the corners make it crucial to get the balance right and aerodynamics play the key role."
"The optimum set-up is not easy to find and the technical challenge is all about finding the best compromise. Our testing work with tyres and aerodynamics in preparation for this race has been encouraging so we hope for an improved performance from the whole package."
"The Circuit de Catalunya is a nice circuit to be at, as a driver. Luckily we didn't do as much testing there last year as a few years previously because it actually became boring because all the drivers knew the circuit so well! The track is demanding for both driver and car and it's meant to be one of the circuits where aerodynamics are even more important than other tracks. One of the corners has been changed for this year which will make the track safer and hopefully make it a bit better for overtaking but I don't think it will make a huge difference."
"I finished in the top six at Barcelona twice out of the four times I've raced there in F1, coming 4th in 2002. While we may not be in a position to match that at the moment, if everything goes smoothly I am confident of a good race."
"I raced in Barcelona in F3000 and in Formula 3 and I was always quite quick there in those series. The Circuit de Catalunya is one of my favourite circuits, so I hope to do well there for the first time in F1 with Jordan. I like the track because of the fast corners and the fact that it's a technical circuit. It's less `stop-start' than other tracks, with a real mix of all the elements of a good racing circuit. The atmosphere is usually good too. I am looking forward to enjoying the Spanish Grand Prix and we are hoping to pull everything together for a good result."
"We did a lot of miles last week in Vairano and although it was only straight line testing, every minute in the car helps me improve and gain confidence. We collected a lot of data which I hope can be used in the next races. I am looking forward to taking part in practice at the Spanish Grand Prix because I tested with Jordan Ford in Barcelona at the beginning of the year. So I don't need to spend time learning the track and can get straight to work on accumulating data for the weekend."