Baumgartner to race for Jordan in Hungary 23 Aug 2003
Jordan has confirmed that test driver Zsolt Baumgartner will replace Ralph Firman for the Hungarian Grand Prix after the latter's heavy accident in practice this morning (see earlier story).
Baumgartner, who will become the first Hungarian driver to compete in a Grand Prix, was granted a super-license by the FIA at short notice this morning to allow him to participate in final qualifying at the Hungaroring. Though he has participated in two Friday private tests for Jordan, these sessions do not require the licence.
A statement from Jordan read: "This morning the permanent bureau of the Formula One Commission unanimously agreed to issue Zsolt Baumgartner with a super-license based on his Formula One testing experience with Jordan Ford this season and the FIA have permitted the team to enter Baumgartner as the driver of car number 12 for the remainder of the weekend."
Firman, who suffered nothing worse than a bruised ankle in this morning's shunt, went off the track after his car's rear wing came off. Jordan has investigated the cause of the failure and is satisfied that the risk of a recurrence is negligible.
See also: Firman to miss race after practice shunt.
See also: Baumgartner ready for home run.