Jos Verstappen had a seat fitting at the Jordan factory today in preparation for a test drive which will take place on 1 June 2004. He was accompanied by his manager Raymond Vermeulen, who explained, "People should not jump to any conclusions...
Jos Verstappen had a seat fitting at the Jordan factory today in preparation for a test drive which will take place on 1 June 2004. He was accompanied by his manager Raymond Vermeulen, who explained, "People should not jump to any conclusions about this, it just follows on from the conversation that Michel Perridon and Eddie Jordan had earlier in Dordrecht, with Ian Phillips and me. It is good to see that Jos will be driving a F1 car again, and we look forward to seeing how the test goes and whether it helps for the future."
Jos is happy to return to the world of Formula 1. "I still don't know what to expect from this test. We will see at the beginning of June. If everything goes as planned I will be testing for the whole day at Silverstone. But first let's concentrate on having my seat done. It is quiet at the factory, since the Jordan mechanics are already in Barcelona for the coming Grand Prix. I am happy that I will be able to drive again and I will also see Eddie Jordan again, as it's been some time since I had direct contact with him."
"I am really curious to see what it's like with the Jordan team and how they will react to me, what they want to tell me." About Jordan's season so far Jos said, "I cannot really say anything, as I am not driving. Maybe I will be able to give my opinion after the test session in June. In any case I am happy with the chance to drive a Formula 1 car again, at the moment this is the most important thing for me."
Eddie Jordan confirmed, "I think it is fantastic that this test will offer Jos some attention in Formula 1 and I am happy that this has been done with the co-operation of our loyal sponsor Trust. I believe Jos has a future in Formula 1 and I hope that this test will be positive and helpful in some way with regards to that future."
Jos will test alone at Silverstone on 1 June and Jordan Ford's race drivers Nick Heidfeld and Giorgio Pantano will continue the three-day test session on 2 and 3 June at the Northamptonshire circuit.