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Dominguez tests for Jordan 11 Feb 2005

Mario Dominguez (MEX). Jordan Toyota Testing, Silverstone, England, 11 February 2005. World © McNeil/Sutton

Mexican driver Mario Dominguez made a very brief and very wet Formula One debut when he took to the Silverstone circuit for Jordan on Friday.

Dominguez, a star of the US Champ Car series, paid a visit to the Jordan factory and then completed just one installation lap in the afternoon before fog forced the team to abandon the session.

Thankfully for Jordan, who have yet to announce a third driver for 2005, race drivers Narain Karthikeyan and Tiago Monteiro had successfully completed the team’s scheduled programme with the new EJ15 before the bad weather set in.

Monteiro’s workload included start and pit-stop practice, as well as general testing, while Karthikeyan installed a new chassis in preparation for Jordan’s planned two-car test at Barcelona next week, from February 15 to 18.

“The foggy and rainy weather conditions which are fairly typical for Silverstone at this time of year have restricted our work a bit this week but we are pleased to have got over 900km of test mileage despite that,” reported Jordan’s sporting director Trevor Carlin.

“The drivers know what they have to do and are really stuck in to the programme now which is great. We had a late start but so much has progressed in the last three weeks. We’re ready to go with two cars and looking forward to getting through a lot more of our test plans next week in Barcelona.”

Jordan, who were recently purchased by the Midland Group, will use Toyota engines and Bridgestone tyres for the coming season.