Fisi quells talk of Jordan departure

Giancarlo Fisichella has released a statement hitting back at media speculation that he is set to leave Jordan at the end of this year, in which he says that he is very happy at the team

Fisi quells talk of Jordan departure

The Italian claims that comments that he wanted a winning car for 2004 had been "blown way out of proportion" by the press, and that he is committed to the Jordan team.

"Eddie gave me my first proper chance to race in F1 and I had a fantastic season with the team in 1997," said Fisichella. "I was delighted to come back to them last year and when I said the last two years have been difficult, that included my final year with Benetton. My point is that I want to have a competitive car - Jordan know that and they have worked really hard to deliver a good car this season."

The Italian said that he has been pleased with the performance of Jordan's new EJ13 car in race trim, and that it was too early to make an ultimate assessment of the cars potential. He also stated that the team's target was to take fourth place in the championship, and that he believed the outfit could score points at every race.

"Some of the stories circulating are about me wanting to leave Jordan for another team," he continued. "I'm only committed to one team and that's Jordan. They have put together a strong package with Ford this season which I'm excited about, but I think every driver on the grid has a dream to drive the best car, and I'm no exception. Even Eddie has said he would love to see me in a winning car! My target for 2004 is to drive a car that can win and that doesn't exclude Jordan Ford. Right now I am committed to working with the team to make sure we are doing the best we can this year, and our common aim is to make the car competitive enough for Jordan to win races again."

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