Verstappen and Jordan still negotiating

Verstappen and Jordan still negotiating

The 'will he or won't he' saga of whether Jos Verstappen will drive for Jordan in 2004 is still ongoing, despite the Dutchman's management and sponsors demanding an answer from the team last week. Michel Perridon, managing director of Trust, ...

The 'will he or won't he' saga of whether Jos Verstappen will drive for Jordan in 2004 is still ongoing, despite the Dutchman's management and sponsors demanding an answer from the team last week. Michel Perridon, managing director of Trust, Verstappen's sponsor, gave Jordan until 5pm (CET) on Friday to clarify the situation but the team would not confirm any decision.

Jos Verstappen.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
After more talks, Trust claimed that Jordan had verbally agreed in a telephone call to sign Verstappen and a formal announcement would be made shortly. Jordan, however, refused to verify this and said no comment would be made "while negotiations are taking place".

Now it seems Verstappen will have to wait a little longer and his manager reports that details will be kept quiet from now on. "We continue talking with Jordan, we need to get on one line on some minor details," Raymond Vermeulen told Verstappen's website. "Further we have agreed to keep 'radio silence' from now on. That is what I will be doing. A deal is a deal."

The same as last winter, Jordan's driver wrangling is keeping the team in the spotlight. Eddie Jordan needs financial input so it wouldn't make sense for him to turn Verstappen away, as Jos has considerable backing from Trust.

Nick Heidfeld is thought by most to be filling the second race seat: the German has tested twice for Jordan this winter and has a preliminary agreement with the team, although that's no guarantee he will indeed get the job.

Team sponsor Benson and Hedges is reportedly willing to cough up more cash if Jordan takes on a British driver. Former Renault tester Allan McNish has been in talks with the team, and there's still 2003 Jordan driver Ralph Firman waiting in the wings, so Verstappen's deal is not necessarily a forgone conclusion, neither is Heidfeld.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jos Verstappen , Nick Heidfeld , Allan McNish , Eddie Jordan
Teams Jordan