Glock in, Pantano out at Jordan 22 Sep 2004
Jordan have announced that Timo Glock, the teams official third driver, will race in China this weekend after Giorgio Pantanos contract was terminated. Robert Doornbos takes Glock's role.
It has been a pleasure working with Giorgio this year however contractual issues have made this unavoidable and we wish him every success in the future, said team boss Eddie Jordan.
German Glock has participated in test sessions and Friday free practice at every Grand Prix so far this season with Jordan. He also replaced Pantano in the Canadian Grand Prix and scored two points in his Formula One race debut.
Timos performance throughout the season as our third driver in testing and free practice has been first-class particularly when he stood in and raced in Canada, added Jordan. I am confident that in this unexpected call-up he will do a good job for Jordan again. In Shanghai he will be in the same boat as everyone else as the circuit is new for all the drivers.
Glocks third driver role will be taken over for the remainder of the 2004 season by Formula 3000 star Robert Doornbos. The Dutch driver won the Spa round of the series this year and scored a further three podiums, finishing third overall in the standings and earning the 2004 F3000 Rookie of the Year award.
To get this chance with Jordan is fantastic and although its late in the day and at circuits I have never visited, Im grabbing the opportunity with both hands and looking forward to my first F1 drive, said Doornbos.
Eddie Jordan added: Im very pleased that we have been able to offer this unexpected opportunity to Robert. He has shown very impressive form this season with Arden International, holding his own against a dominant team-mate. Winning at Spa is a great achievement because it is a true drivers track and we are looking forward to having Doornbos on board with Jordan for his F1 debut.