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~ ~ It’s almost upon us again! Soon the engines will roar and all the beautiful people will return from their winter “hibernation” in sunnier climes, as the big boys of the motor racing world gear up for this season’s Formula One opener, the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne this coming weekend. (3/3/02) The Irish, off course, will have an interest, as one of our favoured sons, Eddie Jordan, tries once again to lift his Jordan team from the also ran position it has occupied in the last couple of years into the big boy’s league of motor sport. ~ ~ There have been many “false dawns” at Jordan since they made their Formula One debut back in 1991. They won their very first Grand Prix in 1998, with former 1996 World Champion Damon Hill behind the wheel, and in a car powered by a Mugen-Honda engine. Two more wins were to follow in the 1999 season with the skilled Heinz Harald Frentzen driving, and they were actually in contention for the driver’s title in the same year right up until nearly the end of the season, when mechanical and electrical failure took its toll on the car in a couple of races, and they dropped down the rankings. Eddie Jordan is the leader and lynch pin of the team, with his charismatic personality and entrepreneurial skills, that led to a lucrative long term sponsorship deal with cigarette manufacturer’s Benson and Hedges in 1996. He has always had an eye for good drivers and for rising young talent. Many of today’s established stars of Formula One cut their teeth in a Jordan car, including the current World Champion, Michael Schumacher, who raced with them in their opening season in 1991. His brother Ralf followed suit, and at other times they have employed the likes of Brazilian Rubens Barrichello, Britain’s very own ex-World Champion Damon Hill, as well as the irrepressible Irishman, Eddie Irvine. ~ ~ But early reports for this season do not seem t
o auger too well for Jordan. They have lost their sponsorship deal with Benson and Hedges, who have no doubt seen the writing on the wall in regard to the impending ban on cigarette advertising in the sport, and have decided to cut their losses early. Eddie Jordan has managed to pull a rabbit from the hat yet again though, and has brokered a new deal with the German company DHL, who are partly owned by the massive Deutsche Post. This will see Jordan turning out in new “colours” this season, and also with a brand new engine, the EJ12, developed during the winter by the engineers at Honda. Honda reckoned they had developed the old engine to the absolute limit of its capabilities, and had no choice but to pursue a new line if they wished to remain competitive in the cutthroat world that is Formula One racing today. But the combination of a both a new sponsor and a new engine, which has not yet been tried out in the heat of a competitive race, probably mean that Jordan will again struggle this season to remain competitive, and to mount any kind of a real challenge to the likes of the awesome Ferrari team, and its two main rivals, McLaren and Williams. ~ ~ In pre-season testing the new car and engine have been well off the pace, and has even been lagging behind such lowly outfits as Sauber (with an old Ferrari engine) and Arrows. There are also the “wheel men” themselves to be considered. This year the two drivers for Jordan will be the Italian Giancarlo Fisichella, (who, it has to be said, enjoyed his best season ever with Jordan in 1997) and the as yet unblooded in Formula One Japanese driver, Takuma Sato. My own feeling is that while Fisichella may be a competent enough driver, he is simply not in the same class as drivers like Schumacher, Coulthard, and the new rising star of Formula One, Juan Pablo Montoya. And Sato is as yet an almost unknown quantity, who even if he proves himself to be yet another Eddie J
ordan “discovery”, will nevertheless take time to find his feet in the white heat of the motor racing arena. ~ ~ So despite the recent launch of the new Jordan car in a huge airport hangar at Brussels airport in a blaze of media attention, and despite the unflagging optimism and enthusiasm of Eddie Jordan himself, I would be most surprised to see Jordan making their long awaited breakthrough this coming season. Although as a long time supporter and admirer, I will continue to hope.
Grateful thanks to Yhwman for giving me the confidence to write about a sport I love, even if I'm not up to scratch on the technical details!.................. I would be lying if I said I knew everything about Formula One, I don’t! I’m the first to admit I’m not an expert; I’m a girlie after all. But I am a huge fan of the sport, the speed, the strategy element, the drivers (just can’t get enough of men in hard helmets, ahem!), and in particular, the Jordan team. I guess it’s more to do with the man himself, Eddie Jordan, rather than anything to do with the best Formula One car, or the team with the best technological and speed advancements. Eddie is simply one of the nicest, liveliest and most fair team owners you could wish to meet. His flamboyant nature and ever-ready smile adds to his appeal and you can always count on EJ to be the life and soul at those big glitzy F1 parties and celebrity bashes! Plus, his garage technicians, mechanics etc seem to be amongst the hardest working and jovial of all the teams, and their respect and admiration for Eddie is obvious. Jordan has a relatively short history in the sport compared to say, Ferrari. But their sheer enthusiasm and dedication to the sport has resulted in a great deal of success for Eddie, currently with Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Jarno Trulli as number one and two drivers, although Trulli seems to be outclassing his team mate at present. This season, Jordan seem to have lost a little of their impetus, with Heinz Harald Frentzen currently lying just 11th in the driver’s table and Jarno Trulli ahead of him in 6th place. Williams and Sauber are currently their biggest rivals, Ralph Schumacher is having the season of his life and developing as a mature and respected driver, producing magical speeds from the Williams car. The acquisition of Montoya by Frank Williams seems to be paying off, with the Colombian driver showing a developing maturi
ty with every race, and producing some great speed from his engine. Sauber seem to be matched very closely and it will be a tussle to the very end of the season. Jordan Honda, chiefly sponsored by Benson and Hedges, began their Formula One career eleven years ago and are based at the British home of motorcar racing, Silverstone. During their few short years in the sport, they have reached exciting heights and proved themselves to be a team to be reckoned with. Known as the young and lively Rock and Roll team, they are very popular with their rival teams, well at least until the lights go out! They have proved their worth by outclassing both Benetton and Williams during their short career with a delighted Eddie at the helm. Currently, Jordan have had to face one or two unreliability problems, but in Sunday’s Grand Prix at Magny-Cours, both drivers completed the course with Trulli finishing a creditable 5th with Heinz Harold managing a disappointing 8th after suffering a poor second pit stop and a spin that brought him to a complete standstill. Their biggest problem this season, seems to be a lack of straight-line speed compared to Ferrari, Williams and McLaren, not helped by one or two DNF’s during earlier races. But at the moment, they’re placed as 6th in the Constructor’s Championship, just one point behind the Sauber team who were able to take advantage of Frentzen’s poor pit stop earlier today. Both drivers are talented and determined; although Frentzen does seem to have lost a bit of his bite and form, but I feel sure that the enthusiastic Jordan team will soon rectify their problems, and work on the car’s speed and improve their position. They will hopefully go ahead of Sauber in the Constructor’s table and I predict 2002 will be the season that restores Jordan as one of the top three teams in the Championships. Assuming they can stop Eddie from pursuing his second career of rock band drum
mer of course!
I am suprised to be looking at the drivers and constructors tables after 6 races this season and seing the following statistics: Constructors championship 4th Place - 13 points Drivers championship 6th Trulli - 7 points 8th Frentzen - 6 points This is just unacceptable after such promising pre season running. Every year they say next year will be the year for Jordan. Top 3 finish. Yet every year we are left disappointed. Ok, 4th is respectable but when you consider they will soon be overtaken by Sauber, and a long behind the top 3,its not that good. I hoped Eddie Jordans team had put in the miles to produce some results. They havent and this despite being given a works engine deal with Honda. True, they are better than the other Works team, B.A.R, but that is not hard. The Yellow beasts of the last couple of years failed to deliver the promise that they showed when Damon Hill won for them in Spar and then the victories produced by HH Frentzen. It is not through lack of trying. Eddie Jordan seems to bend over backwards for his team and so do his employees. Its just gremlins that spoil it. Whether it be the grip problems of last season or the electronic curse of this year, something always affects the team. At the last Grand Prix, (A1 Ring Austria) both cars were stranded on the grid after failures of electrics. If Eddie is to succeed, he needs some help form his Irish Lady Luck. The car is just not quick enough in race trim this year. Sure, it seems to be very pacey in qualifying but unable to deliver on the big day.
EJ or Eddie Jordan was a man with a mission when he founded the Jordan team in 1991. 10 years on in 2001 he's still on that mission. Though he has come far in a decade he still hasn't managed to get a Jordan car to win a championship title. EJ has his own style of managing slightly relaxed but determined.You could say, 'never say die', if you know what I mean. The Honda engine package was well ok and it was in close competition with fellow Honda users BAR. EJ has seen young stars off to better things and had world champions in his grasp whether in the future or past. Also people that to be honest are going no where. He has kept HHF Heinz Harold Frenzten who I don't think is bad but could be doing better or can't do enough. He has been there a few years now and is still in the same place just behind the lime light. The Jordan car of this year is as ever stunningly created with a design modified from previos years. Jordan are probably the most well known teams in the world with thier glamarous approach with pit babes,merchandise fit for Armani stores and great celeb followings. There is however a great room for improvement. The drivers need to be more focused and motivated than last year. Especially HHF who I think has still to show his true potential. Last decase was a hit for Jordan but everything could change in just one year for better or for worst.
After their stunning performance in 1999, it was hard to believe that the Jordan team had been in F1 for less than a decade - but the 2000 season brought them back down to earth with a bump. Debuting on the grid in 1991, Eddie Jordan's team immediately built on their F3 and F3000 success and took fifth place in the constructors' championship that year. It was a hard act to follow, and a reluctant move to the works Yamaha engine in 1992 saw the team slip towards the back of the grid and financial ruin. In 1993 a deal with engine manufacturer Brian Hart brought a little improvement for the team - highlights being Rubens Barrichello running fourth at Donington and a double-points finish in Japan with fifth and sixth places. 1994 saw Jordan's first-ever pole when Barrichello lined up on the front row at Belgium, and the young Brazilian further impressed when he gave the team its first podium with a third place in the Pacific Grand Prix. In 1995 a new three-year deal with Peugeot brought initial unreliability -a second and third in Canada that season's only highlight - and it took until 1997 for things to really improve, when Eddie Jordan took a chance on two young, relatively inexperienced drivers. Ralf Schumacher rewarded him with a third in Argentina while Giancarlo Fisichella gave the team a second-placed finish in Belgium. In 1998 ex-world champion Damon Hill joined the Irish outfit and despite paddock rumours that he didn't gel with the team, Hill gave them some much-needed experience. Following a difficult first-half to the season, the team was rewarded with a magnificent 1-2 at Spa when Hill led Schumacher home to take Jordan's first win. A rejuvenated team ended the year fourth in the constructor's race. Further success came in 1999, aided by a reliable and high-tech Mugen Honda package (which EJ's team managed to secure for five years from 2001 onwards, much to the annoyance of BA
R, who ran it exclusively in 2000), but it was a year of inter-team politics. While Damon Hill battled with the dilemma of retirement, announcing it mid-season, Frentzen supplied the glory, with two impressive wins and total of 54 points to Hill's seven - which gave Jordan third spot in the constructors' table - it's highest placing ever. Frentzen was joined for 2000 by young star Jarno Trulli, but the team just didn't seem to gel and while they had started the season saying they could threaten McLaren and Ferrari, they dropped to sixth place by the end of the year with an embarrassing 17 points to Ferrari's 170. Mechanical failures and retirements seemed to be a regular occurrence on a Sunday afternoon - perhaps partly because a third into the season Technical Director Mike Gascoyne resigned in favour of a similar job at Benetton. Securing the 2001 Honda deal should help them return to the upper echelons of the grid, but EJ has it all to do if his team is to be taken seriously by his peers and drop the 'good time' image once and for all. They will field the same driver pairing for 2001, with former BAR boy Ricardo Zonta joining them as test driver - a natural choice considering he helped to develop the Honda engine throughout 2000.
After the year Jordan had in 1999 a lot of pundits expected them to be at the front end of the Grand Prix field battling for race wins in 2000. After all,the team had a driver in contention for the World Drivers Championship towards the end of 99 and the they seemed to have a lot going for them as they moved into the 2000 season.Unfortunatly things went horribly wrong for the Silverstone based outfit.The team suffered severe reliability problems with the EJ10 which hampered many test sessions and races in 2000,also the team suffered its fair share of bad luck with incidents happening beyond their control which forced their drivers out of races.Examples I can think of to back up that point are the incidents at Monza at the second chicane and at Spa when Jarno Trulli was knocked out of the race by Jenson Button. Also technical progress was hampered with the news just a couple of races into the season that technical director Mike Gascoyne was moving to Benneton in 2001. Jordan sent Gascoyne away on paid leave as he didn’t want the talented designer being a part of the design for the 2001 car. With the loss of the man who obviously knew the most about the car considering he designed it Jordan struggled with the staff they had to gain reliability and performance and in the end finished the season a very disappointing 6th in the constructors championship. The one good thing Jordan could take away from last season is when they could find reliability and get a good setup for a circuit the EJ10 could perform and on two main occasions found itself up at the front battling with the Ferrari’s and McLarens. At Monaco when Jarno Trulli qualified it on the front row and also at Spa when Trulli again qualified his car in the top 3 the car the car actually looked a good machine but far too many times in 2000 Jordan found itself battling with the midfielders. As the 2001 season approaches Jordan has launched it’s car fairly early to try and get rid of any r
eliability trouble early on (similar to what Jaguar is doing).With a works Honda engine deal under his bealt Eddie Jordan has high hopes for his new car the EJ11 and also has strong competition from the BAR team who also have works Honda engines. Honda have an awesome reputation in Grand Prix racing for making championship winning engines and Jordan believes his team has the responsibility to deliver another world title to Honda which would realise his dream as team manager.The car has had a major overhaul from the one that raced in 2000,the team has worked extremely hard to try to overcome the reliability trouble it suffered in 2000 whilst still retaining the cars speed and performance. Following Mike Gascoyne’s move and also the resignation of another chief designer at Jordan Mike Smith Jordan have signed highly rated aerodynamicist Eghbal Hamidy from Arrows. He has only been signed within the week so has yet to have any impact in the design of the 2001 car but he could be the key to getting Jordan back to the front of the grid.He was one of the main designers of Arrows F1’s car last year which proved to be a real surprise package. One critiscm of the man though has come from inside the Arrows camp where several members of the team speculated at how good he was at preparing aerodynamics for cars on high downforce circuits.Arrows struggled to perform on high downforce circuits last year but Eddie Jordan believes Hamidy is good enough and has every confidence in him.This assumption has been backed up by both of Jordan’s drivers for the 2001 season Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Jarno Trulli.Frentzen however fears that the new F1 regulations introduced by the FIA may hamper the teams progress. Frentzen believes that due to these changes in aerodynamic and electronic regulations the teams with the most resources are going to be able to adapt their cars quicker than the teams with the less resources. He believes there will be an even bigger gap between Mc
Laren,Ferrari and the rest of the field than there was last year as those two teams at the moment have the greatest resources available to them and also have the most experience in using machinery such as the wind tunnel. Well that’s the background to what’s been happening in preparation for 2001 so lets have a closer look at the car in question the Jordan EJ11 : Gearbox ------------------------------- The team have opted with a seven speed gearbox after using a six speed one last year.All the transmission parts have been produced by Jordan themselves with the main focus being on reliability. Engine ------------------------------- The team this year uses a works Honda Engine which is much smaller than last years Mugen Honda which the team used. Jordan has high hopes of this engine as Honda is pulling out all the stops to be successful in 2001.With a years Grand Prix experience behind them again with BAR last year Jordan could have landed a plum deal here. Suspension ------------------------------ The team has opted for what is the norm with F1 cars nowadays with the suspension. Both front and rear the suspension features composite pushrods which activate chassis mounted Penske dampers and torsion bars. Front Wing ----------------------------- The most radical of all changes from the EJ11’s predecessor is the front wing. Its very similar to the trend being set by Jaguar which is for its to have a wide-open centre and a lower central section. Tyres ---------------------------- Jordan is sticking with the Bridgestone tyre suppliers for 2001 rather than making the change to Michelin like some of the other teams. Both of Jordan’s drivers are confident that the tyre will have a distinct early season advantage over the new Michelin tyres which other teams such as BMW Williams and Jaguar will be running. The Final verdit reliabilty vs speed -------------
------------------------------------ Last years car was a very radical design over its successful predecessor in 99 so the team has in some ways done something similar to Jaguar and gone back to basics with the engineering. A lot of effort has been concentrated on making the car more reliable than it was in 2000 and if it can retain the speed that was shown only on rare occasions last season Jordan should be in for a season which is a lot more successful than last year. So we’ve had a look at the car now what about the drivers.Well Jordan have retained both drivers from last year. A lot of speculation last year circling was that Heinz Harald Frentzen would move to Jaguar, he didn’t though and instead decided to sign for another year at Jordan. Frentzen seems to enjoy the friendly atmosphere of Jordan a lot more than the atmosphere he found when he was struggling at Williams. He’s a very talented guy and given the right car could really take the challenge to Ferrari and McLaren on certain circuits. He’s vastly experienced so expect him to be at the right end of the grid this year.As for Jarno Trulli we have never really seen him in a car competitive enough to battle with the big boys in his F1 career. There’s no doubt the guy has talent proved by his superb qualifying performances last year at Monaco and Spa but battling with the front runners such as Schumacher and Hakkinen is a lot different to battling with the midfield bunch and he is still to prove his race craft when battling with the top drivers. To sum up my preview of the 2001 car I would say expect to see Jordan up at the front of the grid possibly taking the fight to Ferrari and McLaren at certain circuits. As has been stated a lot of emphasis has been made on making the car reliable which was the main sticking point to the 2000 car. Don’t expect miracles and for them to be up fighting for the World Championship but expect a big improvement on last
year and for them to possibly claim back their third in the Constuctors Championship which they claimed in 99. Anyway here’s to a successful season for the Buzzin Hornets.
The Jordan Grand Prix team are the team to watch in the future, Entered into formula one in 1991 the team impressed everyone with a fifth place in there first year. There biggest claim to fame is they gave some bloke called Michael Schumacher his grand prix debut. Jordan's first pole came in 1994 at Spa after changing to Yamaha engine's in 1992 and also achieving some other good results with Eddie Irvine and Rubans Barrichello' 1995 saw a change to Peugeot and a second and third place in Canada again with Barrichello and Irvine. The big step forward came in 1996 when a new sponsor came on board, Benson & Hedges. They helped with substantial investments and technical facilities which provided the team with a secure future, And one of the best designs on a formula one car. A bright yellow paint job with a Buzzin Hornets logo, A car with a definite sting in the tail. 1997 saw the expansion of the Jordan purpose built base at Silverstone which helped provide everything it needed to challenge in formula one and another successful season. Damon Hill arrived in 1998 to pair another future star called Ralf Schumacher, A pair that would provide Jordan with there first Grand Prix win with Damon winning at Belgium. But it would also see the decline of Damon Hill's career in formula one, And his retirement in 1999. Damon did help Jordan to a highest championship finish with a third place. The 2000 season saw a slide in the championship with a slip to 6th place with a series of bad luck and accidents for H H Frentzen and Jarno Trulli, But some good performances non the less Eddie Jordan is the man behind the Jordan team, He comes from Dublin and enjoys sailing, golf and music. Just watch the team party after the race at Silverstone to see how much of a character he is. Eddie never raced in formula one but he did test for McLaren. He instead saw his future in team and driver management with success in F3 and
F3000 with the knack to push his drivers to the top. Jordan has thrived due to Eddie's entrepreneurial and competitive spirit, He knows its a serious sport but he also knows how to enjoy the sport. The 2001 season hopefully should give Jordan more success with a new engine deal with Honda seeing them have works engines, This should see an improvement in results. Again having some up and coming talent in there drivers H H Frentzen and Jarno Trulli. Hopefully we should see them challenge the dominance of McLaren and Ferrari and become a main contender for a championship, One which they deserve. So next year the car in front will be a Jordan. UPDATE:- The Jordan Honda team have unveiled their 2001 car at a less glamorous venue than last year at there own Silverstone factory, The Jordan EJ11. This car is said to be a new design and not an update of last years EJ10 although the car looks much the same. New regulations have seen some changes to the wings and side pods to help safety in side on crashes. This car should be lower, meaner, stronger and lighter than last years car so lets hope they can do the business. Come On Jordan. update-... A strong performance from H.H.Frentzen and the Jordan team in Australia. A good 2 points, but could of been better without the help of R Barrichello. Looking good for a good result this season.
After finishing a brilliant third in last years constructors championship, Jordan have seemingly lost their way, with a series of reliability problems, driver errors and poor performances. Last year both Frentzen and Trulli performed well, but this year they have not helped Jordans cause. Spins amd crashes have not helped them out, and if my memory serves me correctly they have taken one another out once this season. But this is not all of Jordans woe, while the car has been very competitive it has been unreliable, Hondas normally good engine has let them down this year, and they have been forced to retire from many good positions in races this year. This is a shame, as in my opinion F1 needs a third team to challenge Ferrari and McLaren, and before any one can do that they will need to establish themselves in to a clear second place. Jordan had the chance to do this after last years performance, but failed, so we will all have to wait to see if they can improve, or if a new challenger will step up.
The Jordan team came into Formula One in 1991 and very quickly became my favourite team in the sport. They immediately started performing well, and as they were then sponsored by 7-Up they very quickly jazzed up their transporter in resplendent green, with Fido Dido pulling a sheet away to reveal the car. Eddie Jordan is a very smart team manager. He plays no small part in attracting a great deal of funds to the team and is also very good at spotting good drivers. Ralf Schumacher, Giancarlo Fishichella, Rubens Barrichello, Eddie Irvine and even Michael Schumacher were given their first Formula One drives from the Irishman. Furthermore it was Jordan who took the chance in hiring Heinz Harald Frentzen after he had suffered two poor seasons at Williams, a pick which is proving to be worth its weight in gold. After a blistering first year at the top echelon of motorsport Jordan had a hard couple of years, most notably in 1992 with the very poor Yahama engines. Things improved when the team finally got a deal to use Peugeot engines, and 1997 was an exceptional year. Still, the first win was yet to come. Damon Hill joined the team in 1998, and although the team now had to use the less powerful Mugen Honda engines hopes were high. However the team started the season poorly, even struggling to hold off the Minardis at Monaco. Slowly the team started to improve, but Jordan's maiden win at a wet Belgian Grand Prix at Spa (thanks to Hill, with Ralf Schumacher close behind in second) was still a very pleasant surprise. Since then the team has won twice more, both brilliant drives from Frentzen in 1999 when he became a genuine title threat. The team was third in the constructors championship that year, which is partly why the 2000 results have been disappointing. The resurgence at Williams and poor reliability has led to disappointing results, but with a full works effort from engine suppliers Honda due in 2001 the future looks very good i
ndeed, especially as both Frentzen and fellow driver Jarno Trulli will be back next year.
Jordan are the fun-loving, yet utterly professional team in motor sport’s top flight. Every team owner wants to win, and will sacrifice almost anything to do it, and they exploit the rules to the full, and last year, the sports governing body, the FIA, expressed concerns that they knew a team was using 'illegal' devices, but were some way off proving it. Now, at this point, I must say, that the following is purely my own personal speculation, and there is no evidence to prove any team in Formula One were cheating, and I and not saying that Jordan were the team the FIA were referring to, but the following is my thinking, and you must draw your own conclusions.... OK - the facts. Jordan making great progress year, on year, and their best performance was in 1999, and they were deservedly the number three team in the world at that time, and at one point Frentzen was in good contention for the drivers championship. This season, they have struggled to match their performance in the 2000 season. By the time the season has three races remaining, everyone's Irish favorites are on 13 points, and in fifth in the constructor’s championship. Quite a remarkable change of fortune, considering no major rule changes, they have retained the same drivers, and even have the same engine supplier. All this said, Jordan are a great team, and I wish them every success, and hope that they are in a position to challenge for the drivers and constructors championships, and their sense of professionalism, coupled with what has to be the best attitude of the grid, also the fantastic story of how they have grown from a low budget entry, to a massive concern, and Eddie Jordan winning awards as Entrepreneur of the Year for 2000.
Jordan has had a terrible time this year which has wiped out the memory of the good times they had in 1999 and in the second half of 1998. This year, their unreliable car has lead to many retirements for Jarno Trulli and Heinz-Harald Frentzen, but still they managed to secure a Honda works deal for the next few years. Over the years before they started to win, they finished in the points quite regularly and were able to get no higher than fifth in the constructors. In 1997, they were able to get podiums. In 1998 they got their first win, by Damon Hill and were able to get fourth in the constructors. In 1999, they got third in the constructors with two wins from Heinz-Harald Frentzen. 2001, will be better with Jordan fighting for the third spot they might not repeat this year.
Jordan are one of the only teams in the last ten years to have actually managed firstly to survive and secondly to actually have a reasonable amount of success. Where as Pacific and Simtek fell by the wayside, Jordan has managed to continue and even prosper. The Team was set-up in 1991 and is based at Silverstone. They have had a number of famous drivers including Michael Schumaker who had his first formula one drive with this team before moving onto Beneton. Their first win was not until 1998 when Damon Hill won in Spa (Belgium Grand Prix). This season they have got Heinz Harold Frentzen and Jurno Trulli driving for them. They currently lie fourth in the Constructors championship. The story this season has not been a good one as it is filled with missed opportunities; the cars although reasonably fast have not set the tracks alight. When this is coupled with the poor level of reliability that the team cars are experiencing, meaning that they have lost out on a number of point scoring opportunities. Although based on the team history this year is quite good compared to last season it has been a poor year so far for Jordan. It is my belief that Jordan have had there brief period of fame at the front of the grid and will fade back into the middle order to rejoin the likes of Beneton, while teams like Williams regain their top flight positions.