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Subh's Quick Guide to Jordan Grand Prix

By Dan Moakes
May 16 2002

A Potted History of Jordan GP With huge thanks to Dan Moakes
  Dan'sPotted History of
Jordan GP
Eddie Jordan Racing was originally set up in 1980, at a time when Jordan himself was still competing as a driver. Initially, the team contested the British F3 Championship, and they later moved up into the International F3000 series.

In these early years, a good measure of success was achieved, with drivers such as Martin Brundle, Johnny Herbert and Jean Alesi. The move into Formula One came in 1991, with significant backing from 7-Up and the added bonus of the Ford HB V8 engine, as also used by Benetton.

It proved a highly impressive début season, with Jordan placed fifth in the Constructors’ Championship, ahead of such seasoned campaigners as Tyrrell, Lotus and Brabham.

 

1991
Chassis - 191
Engine - Ford HB V8
Drivers
Bertrand Gachot
Andrea de Cesaris
Michael Schumacher
Roberto Moreno
Alessandro Zanardi
Constructors Championship position
Fifth (13 points)
Gachot is imprisoned after an altercation with a London cab driver. His place is taken by a young Michael Schumacher, who is promptly poached by Benetton after one race!

Andrea de Cesaris achieves a best finish of fourth in Canada and Mexico, but comes very close to victory in Belgium, until he suffers a water pressure failure. Bertrand Gachot takes fastest lap in Hungary.
 
1992
Chassis - 192
Engine - Yamaha V12
Drivers
Stefano Modena
Maurício Gugelmin

 

Constructors Championship position
Eleventh equal (1 point)
The second season proves a precarious struggle, in financial terms, and the Yamaha engine is disappointing.

Both drivers score a single seventh place, with Modena also finishing sixth in Australia.
1993
Chassis - 193
Hart V10
Drivers
Rubens Barrichello
Ivan Capelli
Thierry Boutsen
Marco Apicella
Emanuele Naspetti
Eddie Irvine

 

Constructors Championship position
Tenth equal (3 points)
Rubens Barrichello runs strongly in the wet European GP, but is sidelined while lying third.

Eddie Irvine earns notoriety in his GP début by unlapping himself from Ayrton Senna’s leading McLaren, and he also provokes a physical altercation with the Brazilian for his trouble!

 

 

1994
Chassis - 194
Engine - Hart V10 Drivers
Rubens Barrichello
Eddie Irvine
Aguri Suzuki
Andrea de Cesaris
Constructors Championship position
Fifth (28 points)
Eddie Irvine is suspended for three Grand Prix, thanks to his part in a huge multiple incident during the Brazilian season opener.

Rubens Barrichello achieves sixth in the Drivers’ Championship, with a best finish of third in the Pacific GP. He also takes pole position in Belgium.

 

1995
Chassis - 195
Engine - Peugeot V10 Drivers
Rubens Barrichello
Eddie Irvine

 

Constructors Championship position
Sixth (21 points)
The team achieves a best finish of second and third in Canada, with Barrichello heading Irvine.

 

 

1996
Chassis - 196
Engine - Peugeot V10 Drivers
Rubens Barrichello
Martin Brundle
Constructors Championship position
Fifth (22 points)
Jordan secures a significantly improved budget with the advent of Benson & Hedges as title sponsor.

Rubens Barrichello starts from the front row at home in Brazil.

 

1997
Chassis - 197
Engine - Peugeot V10
Drivers
Ralf Schumacher
Giancarlo Fisichella
Constructors Championship position
Fifth (33 points)
Giancarlo Fisichella achieves a best finish of second in Belgium, and he also leads strongly in Germany, until suffering a major tyre blowout, and sets fastest lap in Spain.

Ralf Schumacher is third in Argentina, after pushing his team-mate off the track!

 

1998
Chassis - 198
Engine - Mugen Honda
Drivers
Damon Hill
Ralf Schumacher
Constructors Championship position
Fourth (34 points)
Jordan’s early season is a nightmare struggle, but this is turned around during the summer months, and the improvement is capped by a team one-two in Belgium, where Hill leads Schumacher home in the wet.

Damon Hill achieves sixth in the Drivers’ Championship.

 

1999
Chassis - 199
Engine - Mugen Honda Drivers
Damon Hill
Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Constructors Championship position
Third (61 points)
This proves to be the team’s best season by a long way, with Frentzen winning twice (in France and Italy) and obtaining a string of other top four finishes.

He finishes third in the Drivers Championship as a result, but had even been an outside bet for the title, until his car failed while leading in the third last race, where he had also set pole.

 

2000
Chassis - EJ10
Engine - Mugen Honda Drivers
Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Jarno Trulli
Constructors Championship position
Sixth (17 points)
Heinz-Harald Frentzen achieves a best finish of third in Brazil and the United States.

Both drivers qualify and run second, at various points during the season, but are frequently thwarted with mechanical woes.

 

2001
Chassis - EJ11
Engine - Honda V10
Drivers
Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Jarno Trulli
Ricardo Zonta
Jean Alesi
Constructors Championship position
Fifth (19 points)
The deal for full works Honda engines fails to lead to the expected results.

Frentzen is sacked just ahead of his home race, which stirs up significant negative reaction.

The team can do no better than three fourth place finishes.

 

If you can fill in the events of 1992, please e-mail me below:
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