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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jordan Car Shows F-1 the Way Ahead

SILVERSTONE, England -- Brazilian driver Rubens Barrichello said he was "very impressed" by the new Jordan-Hart 194 car, launched ahead of this year's Formula One world championship.


Barrichello said Tuesday that he had expected the new 194, which was designed by Steve Nichols and chief engineer Gary Anderson to be good, but not as good as it felt after he took it on a four-lap drive around Silverstone.


"I was very impressed, " Barrichello said.


"The front end of the car is incredible and provides fantastic stability under cornering," he added. "It felt like I was driving on rails.


"It was the first time the car had run, but the new gear box and clutch felt very good. The engine was also strong and I feel very encouraged all round."


The Jordan car is one of the first to be tested after being prepared for the new 1994 F-1 regulations that outlaw the use of computerized driver aids such as active suspension and traction control.


Team boss Eddie Jordan welcomed the new regulations.


"I think they are definitely a good thing not just for our team, but for the sport as a whole," Jordan said.


"Teams like Jordan have not been in a position -- mainly for reasons of costs -- to develop their technology to a fully competitive extent and we have been at a disadvantage.


"I am now looking forward to some really close hard racing as we used to know it."


Jordan did not announce who will line up with Barrichello when the new season opens in Brazil at the end of March.


He said Irishman Eddie Irvine, who gained worldwide fame for being punched by Ayrton Senna after scoring a point in his debut race for the team in Japan last year, was a strong contender for the seat.


"He has a very good chance of the drive, but there are other contenders to consider," said Jordan.


It is believed that Briton Martin Brundle currently heads the list of other possible drivers and that he could be installed in the team within the next 10 days as pressure builds up for the Jordan team to intensify its testing program.