Baumgartner ready for home run 21 Aug 2003
Hungarian driver Zsolt Baumgartner will get his second Grand Prix outing in a month this weekend when he again participates for Jordan in the Friday morning test session. This time he will have the added encouragement of his home crowd, as he takes to the twisty Hungaroring circuit.
Baumgartner, who carried out a demonstration run for Jordan at last year's Hungarian Grand Prix, impressed the team with his testing performance at the previous round in Germany and the F3000 driver is keen to get back behind the wheel of the EJ13.
"After the job I did in Hockenheim I want to help the team collect information to work out their strategy here and I also hope I can provide good entertainment for the Hungarian people," he said.
"Hungary is one of the most difficult tracks and I imagine it will be hard to drive it for two hours but I've been preparing for the physical challenge and there shouldn't be any problem.
"The new track is more challenging for drivers with hard braking at the first corner and a lot of g-force. I really enjoyed driving here last year and am looking forward to Friday and the weekend."
With the summer testing ban still in place, Baumgartner's presence in Friday's session alongside Giancarlo Fisichella and Ralph Firman could bring crucial benefits to Jordan ahead of Sunday's race.
"Having Zsolt driving the third car will really help when it comes to making tyre choices," said Gary Anderson, the team's Director of Race and Test Engineering. "He did a very competent job in Hockenheim."
Following his run for Jordan on Friday, Baumgartner will be straight back on Formula 3000 duty with the Coloni team for practice and qualifying ahead of Saturday's 35-lap race. He finished seventh in last year's Hungaroring round and currently lies 13th in the 2003 standings on six points.