All go for Brazil 03 Apr 2003
This weekend's 32nd running of the Brazilian Grand Prix will be quite a milestone for Formula One. The race will be the 700th since the inception of the sport back in May 1950.
It will be a big occasion for the Jordan Ford team as well, as it is celebrating its 200th Grand Prix. A big party is expected to be thrown by team supremo Eddie Jordan, although one man not attending will be the team's Director of Business Affairs Ian Phillips, who is staying at home following the birth of his new son.
The weekend will also be a huge occasion for rookies Cristiano da Matta and Antonio Pizzonia as this weekend will mark their first race infront of home fans. Fellow countryman Rubens Barrichello is hoping for a change in recent fortunes at Interlagos. No Brazilian driver has scored a point at their home race since the death of Ayrton Senna in 1994.
It will be a weekend of high expectations and great excitement. And it is probably worth remembering that, except for 2001, every driver who has won in Brazil since 1994 has gone on to win the World Championship.