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Jordan confirm Heidfeld for 2004 30 Jan 2004

Nick Heidfeld (GER) Sauber 
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka , Japan, 11 October 2003

Jordan announced on Friday that Nick Heidfeld will head their driver line-up for the 2004 season, though the identity of his team mate remains unknown. Heidfeld, who raced for Sauber last year, had been widely tipped for the seat after recently testing with the team.

"I am very happy to sign a deal with Jordan Ford," said the German. "It was a strange experience doing the tests, especially the last one in Barcelona, without being officially part of the team, because I really felt like I was already part of Jordan. It's nice to work with all the people here and I'm looking forward to this season very much."

Heidfeld will get his first taste of Jordan's 2004 challenger when he gives the machine its track debut at Silverstone next Wednesday. "It will be exciting to take the new EJ14 car out next week, after spending today at the factory to do my seat fitting and seeing the 2004 car coming together for the first time," he added.

Of his new signing, team boss Eddie Jordan commented, "I am carefully putting together a strong driver pairing to complement our 2004 package and sponsorship portfolio and signing Nick is the first part of that. I am optimistic that we have the tools to mount a reasonable contest against the midfield teams this year. Nick is a very quick driver with the talent and experience we need in order to grab every opportunity we can this season."

The Jordan drive means that Heidfeld will get to start his fifth season of Formula One season, ending fears that he could be left out in the cold after being dropped by Sauber. "The last couple of weeks and months have been quite difficult for me so not only am I happy to be signing with Jordan, I'm also relieved," he added.

"This season is going to be interesting and I'm particularly looking forward to the new races in Bahrain and Shanghai. I think these races are good for Formula One, after all it's a World Championship so we should go all over the world. I always like going to new circuits and enjoy visiting countries where I've never been before - that's always interesting."

Heidfeld will be joined at next week's Silverstone test by fellow German Timo Glock, who will again be at the wheel of the EJ13 following his recent Barcelona session with Jordan.