H-HF unsure of Jordan's British chances

Jordan star Heinz-Harald Frentzen has admitted that he is far from happy with the balance of his Honda-powered EJ11 during Formula 1 testing at Monza this week - the final outing for the Silverstone-based team before its home Grand Prix next weekend

H-HF unsure of Jordan's British chances

Despite setting the fastest time on the first day testing at the Italian circuit, Frentzen dropped to eighth place on day two (Wednesday) and the German says he is unsure of his Jordan team's current competitiveness.

"I'm not happy with the balance of the car," said Frenzten. "I wasn't happy with the car on Tuesday, despite setting the fastest lap, and I'm still not happy. I really don't know how competitive we are here."

Frentzen has had a rough six weeks, starting with a heavy accident in Monaco, which forced him to sit out the Canadian GP. The 34-year-old was back behind the wheel at the Nurburgring two weeks later, but retired and then finished three places behind team mate Jarno Trulli in France last weekend.

The Jordan team has been blighted by reliability problems and suffered the embarrassment of both Frentzen and Trulli retiring within four laps of each other at the European GP. The main bugbear has been the EJ11's traction control system, which put Frentzen out at the Nurburging and pitched him into a mid-race spin at Magny-Cours.

"The reason for the spin was rather unusual," he said. "I was not too fast, but too slow. So slow that the traction control switched itself off automatically."

As the British Grand Prix looms next weekend, the team is testing this week at Monza in order to carry out both low downforce set-up work for the German and Italian Grands Prix later in the year and tyre evaluation ahead of the Silverstone race.

Frentzen had the run on Trulli in qualifying at Silverstone last year, putting his car on the front row and the triple GP winner will be hoping he can recapture the same form again next weekend.

shares
comments
Bookies dismiss Coulthard home win

Previous article

Bookies dismiss Coulthard home win

Next article

Monza test, day 3: DC leads the way

Monza test, day 3: DC leads the way
Load comments
Verstappen exclusive: How Red Bull’s ace has become F1 champion material Plus

Verstappen exclusive: How Red Bull’s ace has become F1 champion material

As Red Bull and Honda go all-out for victory in the Japanese engine manufacturer’s last season of its latest Formula 1 dalliance, Max Verstappen finds himself thrust into a compelling title fight with Lewis Hamilton. He told OLEG KARPOV about his evolution into a world championship contender and why Red Bull's no compromise ethos suits him down to the ground

How Mercedes went from Austin practice domination to "very tight at the front" with Red Bull Plus

How Mercedes went from Austin practice domination to "very tight at the front" with Red Bull

Mercedes has been on a roll of late in the ultra-tight fight to win the 2021 Formula 1 world championship. It started off well in practice at Austin for this weekend’s US Grand Prix, but Red Bull got closer as Friday unfolded and even seemed to find an edge in one critical area of what seems set to be another close contest

The six critical factors that could hand F1 2021 glory to Hamilton or Verstappen Plus

The six critical factors that could hand F1 2021 glory to Hamilton or Verstappen

The 2021 Formula 1 title battle is finely poised with six races remaining, as just six points separate championship leader Max Verstappen from seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton. In such a closely-fought season, the outcome could hinge on several small factors playing the way of Red Bull or Mercedes

Formula 1
Oct 22, 2021
Can Whitmarsh appointment help Aston succeed where its F1 rivals failed? Plus

Can Whitmarsh appointment help Aston succeed where its F1 rivals failed?

Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll is determined to make the group a billion-dollar business. MARK GALLAGHER analyses his latest play – bringing former McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh into the fold

Formula 1
Oct 22, 2021
Remembering Switzerland’s first F1 winner Plus

Remembering Switzerland’s first F1 winner

Stepping up to F1 in 1962, Jo Siffert shone with Rob Walker Racing Team and BRM before his career was abruptly ended in a fatal crash at Brands Hatch in 1971. On the 50th anniversary of his death, Autosport recalls the career of an F1 and sportscar ace gone before his time

Formula 1
Oct 21, 2021
What Verstappen is risking with his current stance on 2021 F1 world title defeat Plus

What Verstappen is risking with his current stance on 2021 F1 world title defeat

OPINION: Max Verstappen is back in the lead of the 2021 Formula 1 drivers’ championship, with the season’s final flyaway events set to get underway in the USA this weekend. But a defensive stance he’s recently adopted could have a lasting impact for the Red Bull driver when it comes to his chances of defeating Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes

Formula 1
Oct 21, 2021
The hidden Ferrari struggle that Sainz’s recent charge put to rest Plus

The hidden Ferrari struggle that Sainz’s recent charge put to rest

Despite appearing to adjust to life as a Ferrari driver with relative ease, it was far from straightforward under the surface for Carlos Sainz Jr. But, having made breakthroughs in rather different routes at the Russian and Turkish races, he’s now targeting even greater feats for the rest of the Formula 1 season

Formula 1
Oct 20, 2021
The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team Plus

The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team

Emerson Fittipaldi is better remembered for his Formula 1 world championships and Indianapolis 500 successes than for the spell running his eponymous F1 team. Despite a hugely talented roll call of staff, it was a period of internal strife, limited funding and few results - as remembered by Autosport's technical consultant

Formula 1
Oct 18, 2021