Heidfeld linked to Jordan for 2004

Eddie Jordan has admitted he is interested in signing Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld for 2004, as part of a deal to run customer Mercedes engines in a recent interview with German daily newspaper Die Welt. Mercedes-Benz has a long-running option on the German driver who is likely to be replaced at Sauber next year by current Jordan ace Giancarlo Fisichella

Heidfeld linked to Jordan for 2004

Mercedes is said to be offering cheaper engines than Jordan's current partner Ford, but Jordan admits that nothing has been set in stone yet.

"Ford and Mercedes respect me, because they know it's the small teams that have held Formula 1 together over the last 50 years," he said. "Yes, I have spoken with Mercedes and they seem to offer the best conditions from all the options available.

"Heidfeld is always an option. If Sauber does not want him, then he is welcome with us. Exactly the same could be said of Heinz-Harald Frentzen. It is true that I like to introduce young drivers but honestly at the moment anything is possible, perhaps we can find a compromise."

Both of Sauber's drivers are expected to be released after this season to make way for Fisichella and Ferrari test driver Felipe Massa. Frentzen, who was thought to be heading for retirement, drove for Jordan until 2001 when the two parties split acrimoniously mid-season.

The German driver subsequently took Jordan to court over a salary dispute but Jordan said: "We settled our conflict with Heinz, and everything is fine again now."

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