Stoddart and Jordan will fight to stay

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart and eponymous team principal Eddie Jordan are determined to fight to stay in Formula One, despite Ford's decision to sell Cosworth. Both teams use Cosworth engines and it is uncertain whether they will be able to find an...

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart and eponymous team principal Eddie Jordan are determined to fight to stay in Formula One, despite Ford's decision to sell Cosworth. Both teams use Cosworth engines and it is uncertain whether they will be able to find an engine supplier for next year.

Bernie Ecclestone reportedly said that the future doesn't look too healthy for Jordan and Minardi, which immediately raised Stoddart's hackles. "I think he has no right to say that. What happens to Jordan and Minardi is Jordan and Minardi's decision alone," he told Reuters.

"Yes, recent announcements with Cosworth have made it very, very difficult but I can assure you that Minardi will be on the grid in 2005 in Melbourne, even if we have to do our own engine. In 2001 we ran our own engine. If we have to do it in 2005, so be it."

Eddie Jordan conceded that it was difficult to say whether his team would be on the grid at Albert Park in 2005, but he is renowned for never giving up and this time is no different.

"I will fight tooth and nail to be on the grid in Australia next year," Jordan stated. "But can I guarantee anything? I'm not prepared to discuss that at the moment but for sure I won't go down without a big fight."

The future of the team currently known as Jaguar is also uncertain but Tony Purnell claimed in Shanghai that there has been a lot of interest. "Formula One generates a lot of people who want to take a chance and we're sifting through the realistic buyers from the chancers," he said.

"I think one's got to be fairly confident that a solution will be found," he added. "We're only going to change the ownership to somebody who's got the means to do a credible job for two or three years."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Jordan , Paul Stoddart , Bernie Ecclestone
Teams Minardi , Jordan