Jordan arrives in Indianapolis buoyed by a double points result in Montreal and confident of continuing its campaign of steady improvement this season at the United States Grand Prix. Nick Heidfeld: "Indianapolis is a circuit I like and I have...
Jordan arrives in Indianapolis buoyed by a double points result in Montreal and confident of continuing its campaign of steady improvement this season at the United States Grand Prix.
"Indianapolis is a circuit I like and I have had a couple of good races here. I finished 4th once and another time I finished in the points despite driving with gearbox gremlins so I have good memories at this track. It's special to see the huge grandstands completely packed out and the legendary racing history makes for a great atmosphere. It's a good feeling to come here from a strong race performance in Montreal."
"I have not driven at Indianapolis before but in 2002 I came to watch the race. It looks very nice and I am really looking forward to being in the car again. I'm looking to give my all and have a good race for the team, I'd really like to get a good result. We have seen in recent races that the car is improving all the time and we are gradually getting closer to the others. I hope to get a strong finish and ideally score some points."
"I visited Indianapolis last year when I had a Champ Car test but I don't know the Grand Prix track at all. I'm looking forward to learning it and helping the team this weekend. It was a fantastic experience to race in Canada and to score points in my first Grand Prix but I'm glad that Giorgio is back now and we can continue our team effort together. Having said that, now that I know how much fun F1 racing is, I think it will be a bit harder to sit around on Saturdays and Sundays at Grands Prix but I am happy because I'm sure my time will come. I'm concentrating on the testing job that the team needs me to do."
James Robinson, Head of race and test engineering:
"Indianapolis is the "home of American motor racing" something that's ingrained in the local population and they have really strong support for racing. It's nice to be here and part of that, especially so shortly after the Indy 500. They have worked really hard at the track to get it prepared for F1 so quickly and in fact we've had our own short break and quick turnaround challenge with two long haul races set just one week apart."
"All our equipment and team have flown here directly from Canada and we have had only two days to complete the strip, examination and rebuild of the cars in time to run on Friday morning. This is quite a technical circuit, with the longest wide open throttle straight in the racing calendar this year, combined with a very tight infield section. Those two differences require quite a technical compromise."
"It's the first time we've been here at this time of year and we've already been witnessing high temperatures and changeable weather conditions. We are hoping for rain on Sunday so we can show the strength of our package with the Bridgestone wet tyre and the driveability of the Ford engine, with the chance to build on our points tally and positive results in Canada."
*Message from Bahrain
At the United States Grand Prix the emblem on the EJ14 engine covers will represent "Life on Mars". The theme was chosen due to its global appeal and understanding by enthusiasts from all over the world and the pioneering approach and technological advancement of both space exploration and Formula One. It was chosen specifically for this race as it was the United States Rover Spirit mission that successfully landed on Mars in January 2004.
The "Life on Mars" emblem is run in association with WarChild, a London based charity with offices all over the world. Founded in 1993 during the conflict in the former Yugoslavia it is seen as one of the most effective and innovative children's charitable organisations. It is responsible for helping children in war zones to find new homes, medicine and education.