TEAM Jordan

Team Boss: Eddie Jordan
Driver One: Giancarlo Fisichella
Driver Two: Ralph Firman


Eddie Jordan formed his own team, Eddie Jordan Racing, in 1982 after becoming the Irish Formula Atlantic Champion and shinning in Formula Three. In 1983, with Martin Brundle behind the wheel, he came close to taking the Formula Three Cup after a season long battle with Ayrton Senna, but the teams first title victory was given to them in 1987 by an excellent season from Johnny Herbert.

Both the team and Herbert moved to Formula 3000 the following year, but unfortunately Herbert was severely injured at a race in Brands Hatch. Eddie has always been one to give up and coming talent a chance to drive and the following year he signed Jean Alesi who had been through a bad season in Formula Three. Alesi repaid him by winning the championship in 1989, putting both the team and the driver on a very firm footing. He changed the team name to Jordan Grand Prix, and took the plunge into Formula One racing in 1991. Bertrand Gachot and Andrea de Cesaris were the first drivers for the Formula One team, but the season was badly disrupted after an incident caused by Gachot ended in a jail sentence. He sprayed CS gas into a taxi drivers' face after an altercation at London's Hyde Park Corner on his way to a press conference.

This is when Eddie Jordan gave another young driver a chance and unleashed a powerful force into the world of Formula One. Michael Schumacher drove for the team in the Belgian Grand Prix, but sadly, Eddie couldn't hold onto this man that showed such great potential as Benetton spirited him away before the next race on the calendar, something that left Eddie Jordan fuming. Eddie ran with Ford HB engines in 91, and was regularly giving Benetton a run for their money, but the team didn't have a guarantee of a top spec engine for the 1992 season, so they signed a deal with Yamaha.

This proved to be a disastrous move, and the agreement was severed. 1993 saw the arrival of Rubens Barrichello and Brian Harts' new V10 engine. Rubens had many teammates that season before Eddie ran a young Irishman by the name of Eddie Irvine for the Japanese Grand Prix. The two drivers remained teammates for the 1994 season, even though Irvine made a bad reputation for himself after an incident he allegedly caused in Brazil, causing a three-race ban for the young Irishman. Rubens went on to finish 6th in the drivers Championship and gave Eddie Jordan his first podium finish when he came third in the Pacific Grand Prix. He also gave the Jordan team its first pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix in the same year, but unfortunately spun off the track after 19 laps.

The Jordan team began to stand out behind the big four of Williams, Benetton, McLaren and Ferrari, and due to this, the team was offered a three-year deal with Peugeot. Things looked very promising with strong qualifying performances, but reliability, or the lack there of, was the major downfall and the team began to falter.

In 1997, Gary Anderson designed a good chassis and Eddie signed two up and coming new stars, Giancarlo Fisichella and Ralf Schumacher. Although they were both fast, their inexperience shone through in many ways. The younger Schumacher even pushed his teammate off the circuit as they fought over second place in the Argentinean Grand Prix. Fisichella led the German Grand Prix for some time and finished the race in second place, with Ralf scoring points in the second half of the season as well ensuring the team finished up fifth overall for the season.

In 1998, Jordan opted for experience rather than youth and signed the 1996 World Champion, Damon Hill. The team hoped that his testing ability would make a great deal of difference and his demeanour would act as a calming influence on the young Ralf Schumacher. This driver combination added to the new Mugen Honda engines would put Jordan well into the top 4. Damon Hill gave Eddie his first team win at Belgium of 98. Damon and Ralf raced through the horrendous conditions and finished one two, not only giving Jordan it's maiden victory, but made F1 history for the team by celebrating that victory with a one two finish.

The team was growing in status, and Eddie's goal for the 99 season was to finish ahead of Williams in the constructor's title. Third was all the Irishman wanted. His wish was fulfilled as Heinz-Harald Frentzen, who replaced Ralf Schumacher, won another three races for the team and had many point scoring finishes. Sadly, by this stage, Damon Hill had lost all passion for the sport he once loved so dearly, and Heinz brought the Jordan team to third, basically all alone. Not only did Eddie have that wish fulfilled, but he also came close to having a driver win the coveted driver's crown as well. Up until the third last race of the 99 season, Heinz was in with a real chance of victory.

Unfortunately, instead of progressing as they had wanted to, 2000 saw the team slip back don the grid, finally finishing 6th overall after being plagued with reliability problems all season. They decided at the beginning of the year to go with speed rather than performance in the hope of catching the leading two teams. This decision backfired but they put it all behind them and looked to 2001 with Honda engines.

The expected performances still failed to appear and after sacking Heinz-Harald Frentzen mid season, Eddie Jordan brought veteran driver Jean Alesi on board. At the end of the year and a court appeal, the outfit took fifth place in the championship, ahead of their rivals at BAR. 2002 saw a line-up of Giancarlo Fisichella and rising star Takuma Sato, however the young Japanese rookie's only moment of glory came in the season finale when he crossed the line in fifth place. Home fans went wild, but after continual accidents throughout the season, it wasn't enough for Eddie Jordan to retain his services for 2003. 

After finishing sixth overall in 2002, the team switched from Honda to Ford power for the new EJ13. Team boss Eddie Jordan is now hoping to climb his way back up the constructors table before the year comes to a close. 

2003 Engine

Engine Ford EJ13
Type of Engine V10 Normal aspiration
Capacity 3.0 Litres
Brake Horsepower Over 800ps
Max revs in excess of 17,000 rpm
Cylinder Heads 4 valves per cylinder
Valve System Pneumatic
Injection System Ford EJ13
Ignition System Ford EJ13
Spark plugs NGK
 

2003 Car

Model Ford EJ13
Chassis Full carbon fibre composite monocoque
Front Suspension Composite pushrods activating chassis mounted Penske dampers and torsion bars, unequal length aerodynamic wishbones, composite top and bottom wishbones, titanium fabricated uprights and front anti-roll bar.
Rear Suspension Composite pushrods activating gearbox mounted Penske dampers, unequal length aerodynamic wishbones, composite wishbone, titanium fabricated uprights and rear anti-roll bar.
Transmission In house Jordan GP design. 7 speed + reverse longitudinal gearbox with electrohydraulic sequential gear change.
Wheel Base over 3000mm
Front Track 1500mm
Rear Track 1418mm
Overall Height 950mm
Overall Length 4650mm
Overall Weight 600kg with driver
Clutch Triple plate Jordan/Sacks racing clutch
Brakes Brembo brake calipers and Brembo and Hitco carbon fibre discs
Wheels Forged OZ racing to Jordan GP specification
Tyres Bridgestone
Fuel Tank Capacity Over 100kg


Sponsors:

Benson & Hedges, Bridgestone, Deutsche Post World Net, Infineon, Mastercard, Lucent Technologies, LeggMason, Brother International, Imation, Hewlett Packard, World of Internet, Puma, Esat Digifone, Powermarque, Grundig, OMP, Laurent-Perrier.


The Team

Chairman: Eddie Jordan
Managing Dir: Trevor Foster
CEO: John Putt
Head of Engineering: Tim Holloway
Business Affairs Dir: Ian Phillips
Team Manager: Jim Vale
Head of Marketing: Mark Gallagher
Chief Mechanic: Phil Spencer
Drivers/Engineers: Jean Alesi / David Brown
Jarno Trulli / Gabriele Delli Colli


Address:

Jordan Grand Prix Ltd
Buckingham Road,
Silverstone,
Towcester,
Northants,
NN12 8JT

Tel: +44 (0)1327 857153
Fax: +44 (0)1327 858120

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