Focus - Jordan ready for the break 02 Aug 2003
With the first of this summer's two three-week 'holidays' coming up, Eddie Jordan may be more grateful than most for the break.
His itinerary over the past week has been relentless. He was in court on Monday, giving evidence for his team's High Court case against Vodafone, before flying out to China to visit the Shanghai track that is due to host the first Chinese Grand Prix. His impressions of the new venue were good.
"The facilities are excellent," he said this morning to a group of sponsors in the Jordan motorhome. "It's incredible how sophisticated the new tracks are in F1. The track designer Hermann Tilke and his men have done a fantastic job - and the track itself looks excellent and very challenging. I'm really looking forward to going (back) there."
But Jordan spent just two days in Shanghai prior to jetting back to Europe and walking straight into a media storm about his team's High Court case. In the two days that he had spent in the Far East events had moved on quickly. It had become apparent that he wouldn't win the case, so he immediately announced his decision to withdraw from it.
He then went straight to Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix, and the usual rounds of team owner and sponsor meetings. "I have to say," says Jordan, "that this has been a particularly hard week. I'm looking forward to a few days off during the three-week break on my boat, Snapper, in the South of France."
Of course, prior to the reality of a holiday, Jordan has qualifying and Sunday's race to worry about - and the relative lack of competitiveness of his cars. They were 14th (Giancarlo Fisichella) and 17th (Ralph Firman) fastest in this morning's second free practice session, after both drivers complained of balance problems with their EJ13s in the 38-degree (Celsius) heat.