Jordan second seat still available

Eddie Jordan insisted today he had still to finalise his driver line-up but Dutchman Jos Verstappen was favourite for the second seat.

Eddie Jordan insisted today he had still to finalise his driver line-up but Dutchman Jos Verstappen was favourite for the second seat.

The team boss raised the hopes of British duo Ralph Firman and Allan McNish when he revealed he was talking to a number of drivers.

But Verstappen is the most likely to partner Germany’s Nick Heidfeld.

The EJ14 car, which was given its first run-out at Silverstone today, carried the logo of Verstappen’s Dutch sponsors Trust.

Verstappen broke off talks a couple of weeks ago but they are firmly back on, with the 32-year-old bringing €7.3m in sponsorship to the team.

“We are talking to a number of drivers and Jos is one of them,” said Jordan.

“Trust and I have had discussions, we know what we want to do and we will make an announcement when we are ready. There is still a seat available. I have not finalised that.

“I speak to Ralph all the time, He is a high quality driver and somebody I particularly like.

“If there is a way to do something to help him get into the team either in a testing role or as a driver then we’ll do it.”

Firman, who scored one point in his maiden campaign with Jordan last season, cannot take part on the Fridays of race weekends this year because he has competed in more than six races in the last two seasons.

McNish, looking to Jordan as a route back into F1, is similarly handicapped because of his season with Toyota in 2002.

Jordan has until the Thursday to confirm his driver line-up ahead of the season’s opening race in Melbourne, Australia on March 7.

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