Jordan eyes 2004 F1 season

The new Jordan Ford EJ14 had its maiden track outing on Monday with new driver Nick Heidfeld.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
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The new Jordan Ford EJ14 had its maiden track outing on Monday with new driver Nick Heidfeld behind the wheel over Silverstone's International Circuit. The German was delighted to finally get behind the wheel of the new car while chief executive Eddie Jordan was very optimistic for the season ahead after a trouble-free first outing. Jordan had a disappointing year in 2003 and are the only team in the sport to have still have a spare seat for a drive in 2004. The contenders are last year's incumbent Ralph Firman, fellow Briton and former Toyota driver Allan McNish and Dutchman Jos Verstappen. Disappointing year 2003 was disappointing year for Jordan despite a stunning victory for Giancarlo Fisichella in Brazil and the Irishman knows his team face a daunting task if they are to climb back to the top echelons of the sport. "Jordan has something to live up to. It's the only privateer team that has ever won Grands Prix. There is only four teams that have won multi Grands Prix over the last five years and Jordan is one of those. So, I would like to try and win a gain if it is possible. But, you know, we need a little bit of luck on our side to win against the likes of McLaren, Williams and Ferrari. They are formidable opposition," said Eddie Jordan, Jordan chief executive. For a private team with such an impressive track record in Formula One, 11 championship points and a ninth place in the constructors' championship was a poor return for Jordan last year. However, Jordan received another boost this week with the news that Benson & Hedges will continue their sponsorship for a ninth successive year. The team have endured financial difficulties in recent months but maybe their luck will now start to change with the advent of the EJ14. (AP)