Jordan lands works Honda deal for 2001

Honda will supply works engines to Jordan Grand Prix next year, as predicted in Autosport magazine (June 15th)

Jordan lands works Honda deal for 2001

The contract, which is for a multi-year deal starting in 2001, does not effect the status of the existing Honda works team, BAR, which will receive engines of an equal specification to Jordan.

"This is a massive breakthrough for Benson & Hedges Jordan," said team boss Eddie Jordan. 'To have the support and commitment of Honda gives renewed credibility to our ambitions to win the world championship. I believe that Jordan-Honda now represents the most exciting technical package for the years ahead.'

Receiving a works deal will have considerably strengthened Jordan's hand in its attempts to retain number one driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen next year, with a replacement for soon-to-depart technical director Mike Gascoyne the only missing piece in the puzzle.

The announcement ends speculation that in order to maintain BAR's exclusive contract, Jordan would only receive 'quasi-works' status for 2001 - effectively racing with a full-spec engine, but still badged as a Mugen Honda - and leaves the way clear for the Prost team to secure a supply of customer Mugen Honda V10s for 2001, following the expected pull-out of its current supplier Peugeot. The spec of Prost's Mugens would be based on the Honda V10s used by BAR this season.

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