Jordan men adopt street-fighting spirit 17 May 2005
In the build-up to this weekends Monaco Grand Prix Jordan drivers Tiago Monteiro and Narain Karthikeyan have been following a special training regime, designed to prepare them both physically and mentally for the famous street circuit.
Each race presents a particular challenge to our drivers, particularly being rookies in F1, explained Jordans physical therapist Gerard Gray. Two thousand plus gear changes around a circuit that offers little room for error or run-off ensures Monaco is probably the most mentally challenging race in the Grand Prix calendar.
They have to be exceptionally focused for the 78-lap race, more so than any other. This focus is developed through particular strategies pursued in and away from the gymnasium environment.
The Jordan drivers Monaco preparations are just part of their ongoing training programme, which started with Gray when they joined the team just weeks before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Arriving into the team so near to the start of the season meant that what they were missing physically had to be compensated with appropriate mental practises, added Gray. So far its moving forward positively.
At this time, both Narain and Tiago are entering into an intense training period preparing for the North American races and then of course the two double-headers in July. Its this intensity that develops a strong mental attitude in conjunction with physical fitness.
Monteiro is familiar with the Monaco track from his days in Formula 3000. Karthikeyan, meanwhile, has never raced in Monte Carlo, but did achieve strong Formula Three results at the famous Macau street circuit.