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No revised Jordan for French Grand Prix 29 Jun 2005

Tiago Monteiro (POR) shakes down the new Jordan EJ15B. Jordan EJ15B Shakedown, Barcelona, Spain. 24 June 2005. World ©  SUTTON

Jordan have shelved plans to introduce their evolutionary EJ15B car at this weekend’s Magny-Cours race. The decision follows some technical teething troubles with the machine on its first track outing at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya last week.

“Most the signs were very favourable,” reported Jordan’s sporting director, Adrian Burgess. “However, we do have some issues we would like to resolve before we race the car. Therefore, in Magny-Cours, we will stay with the EJ15 and we will decide after France if we want to race the new car at Silverstone or not.”

Both Narain Karthikeyan and Tiago Monteiro sampled the revised design, which features a large-scale aerodynamic update, in Spain. In the two-day session they managed over 40 laps and reported positive first signs from the car.

“It looked very nice and aggressive but we definitely need more running before being able to use it for the race," said Monteiro. “One of our objectives is to keep our very good reliability record and this is why we will not introduce the new car until we are satisfied with its reliability," added Burgess.

Jordan lie eighth in the constructors’ championship going into the French Grand Prix thanks to the 11 points they scored in the previous round at Indianapolis.