Fuel problems afflict Jordan

Jordan Grand Prix's Formula 1 World Championship ended with a whimper in Suzuka, as Ralph Firman was delayed by a fuel rig problem and Giancarlo Fisichella was forced into retirement when his engine cut out

Fuel problems afflict Jordan

It was Brazilian GP winner Fisichella's final race for the team before switching to Sauber for 2004. He was running in 14th place when he was forced to pull off.

"The car just cut out, it seemed to be a fuel problem," said Fisichella. "It wasn't going too badly before that, in fact I was having quite a good race as the car balance was quite reasonable. Unfortunately it was my last race with Jordan and we didn't get to the end so I'm a bit disappointed, but that's life. I'd like to say thank you very much to the team and I wish every one of them all the best and I hope we both have better seasons next year."

Firman also suffered fuel-related problems, and he was forced to limp home in 13th place.

"That was an unfortunate end to the season," he said. "I had a fuel rig problem in the pit stop and a pick-up problem in the fuel tank, which meant in my second stint I had to carry a lot more fuel than planned. Nevertheless, the team have done a good job all year and I've really enjoyed working with them - hopefully I can look forward to a long future with them."

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