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No third Jordan in Canada 28 May 2005

Franck Montagny (FRA) Jordan EJ15 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, European Grand Prix, Practice, Nurburgring, Germany, 27 May 2005

Jordan will not be allowed to run a third car in practice at the next round of the season, the Canadian Grand Prix, after a tyre rule infringement at the Nurburgring on Friday.

Franck Montagny, on loan to Jordan from Renault for this weekend’s Friday’s sessions, used more the permitted amount of tyres, running a total of six sets as opposed to the four allowed.

"This was an honest mistake by the Team and we realise now it was against the current regulations,” said Jordan’s sporting director Trevor Carlin. “No unfair advantage was sought and we believe none has been gained. We apologise to the FIA for this error in judgement."

However, the stewards obviously felt that some advantage had been gained and subsequently decided to penalise Jordan by limiting them to two cars in Montreal.

Montagny’s Friday pace at the Nurburgring was impressive. Not only did he go quicker than Jordan regulars Tiago Monteiro and Narain Karthikeyan, he also beat both Minardis, both Saubers and the Red Bull of Vitantonio Liuzzi.