Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Saturday, Feb 26, 2005

About Us
Contact Us
Sport
News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment |

Sport - Racing : Motor Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

Braving snow, here comes the 2005 Jordan

By Our Sports Reporter

COIMBATORE, FEB. 25. Jordan GP brought Formula One to Russia on Friday by presenting its car with its 2005 drivers — Tiago Monteiro and Narain Karthikeyan in Moscow's Red Square.

A Jordan media release said the drivers braved the snow and temperatures of minus 10 degrees Celsius to launch the car to Russian and international media.

Colin Kolles, Jordan GP's Managing Director, said "We want our F1 team to have a Russian flavour so it was very important to introduce ourselves appropriately to the media and business here in Moscow. We want to show them how thrilling F1 is and I hope that it has been exciting for people to see a F1 car and racing drivers here at the heart of the Russian capital."

Trevor Carlin said, "We are delighted to be able to bring our Jordan car and drivers to Moscow. It's a magnificent city and it's an honour for us to be hosted as F1 representatives in Russia. We are meeting some fantastic people during our visit and I wish it had not been such a brief stay. We're going directly to Melbourne now to make our final preparations for the Australian GP, we can't wait to race!"

Narain Karthikeyan said, "I think Russia, like India, is a nation which would very much like to host a race in the future. There are many similarities between us, although the climate is certainly not one of them! I think the main thing is more and more people are now backing F1.

"It's such a great business opportunity for sponsors and with the sport attracting interest in new countries; the fans are increasing in number by the day. I hope Russian motor sport fans adopt us as their team and I hope we can make them proud."

Tiago Monteiro said, "I'm really excited to visit Moscow. This is my first time in Russia and I'm impressed with how striking the place is and how busy and welcoming the people are.

"It is great to be able to bring the car with us just days before we leave for the first race, so Russian people can experience F1 close in their own country. I really appreciate the support we have from fans here and it's going to give us an extra boost of motivation in Melbourne in a week's time and throughout the whole season."

Doornbos is test driver

Meanwhile, Jordan has signed Robert Doornbos as the team's official third and reserve test driver.

Doornbos, who drove Jordan's third car in the last three GPs of 2004, won the F3000 race in Spa last year and finished third overall in the 2004 F3000 Championship bagging the `Rookie of the Year' award

Kolles said, "One has to be impressed at Robert Doornbos' pace, in every aspect. He started motor racing very late compared to most of today's drivers and in that situation you have to be outstanding and impress people quickly in order to move up the ranks.

"He did that, has proved himself competent in F1 last year and now we are happy that he will continue working with us to get the most out of Friday free practice sessions and at the same time he has an opportunity to keep learning."

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail

Sport

News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Updates: Breaking News |

Sportstar Subscribe


News Update


The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | The Hindu Images | Home |

Copyright 2005, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu