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New Jordan ready to race in Italy 31 Aug 2005

Tiago Monteiro (POR) Jordan EJ15. Formula 1 Testing, Monza, Italy, 24-26 August 2005.

Tiago Monteiro will give the new Jordan EJ15B its long-awaited race debut in this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, following a successful three-day test with the car at Monza last week.

The team completed almost 1,400 kilometres with the latest Toyota-powered design and following the toss of a coin in Istanbul by team owner Alex Shnaider, Monteiro won the right from team mate Narain Karthikeyan to be first to race the car.

"We had a good test at Monza last week, adding more mileage to the EJ15B,” reported Jordan’s sporting director, Adrian Burgess. “The cooling problems we experienced before has now been fixed and we will introduce the new car this weekend at the Italian Grand Prix.

“For the race at Monza, we will be running with low downforce settings, which require different techniques, set-ups and aero package exclusively for this race. The fact that the drivers have all been driving here a week before the race means during the weekend we can concentrate on fine-tuning the car rather than for the drivers to spend time on acclimatising to the high speed track.”

"The Monza test last week went very well, even better than we expected,” added Monteiro. “We spent three days testing the new car without any problems, which shows that it was very reliable at the moment and this is a very positive improvement. I am looking forward to racing it at Monza as I was lucky to win the toss.”

Jordan will be hoping the new car will mark a big step forward for the team, who have been out-qualified and beaten by Minardi on more than one occasion this season. They are currently ninth in the constructors’ championship with the 11 points they scored at Indianapolis.