Formula one, 2001 season United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis: Who drives what: the jpoc report
The Jordan-Frentzen affair began its legal stages after the Italian Grand Prix. Heinz-Harald started proceedings against Eddie Jordan's team over his mid season sacking. The publishing of the details of the proceedings revealed that the team was paying Frentzen five million dollars in 2001 with a deal for five and a half in 2002. There were also undisclosed figures for performance related bonuses. In contrast, Frentzen was driving for Prost for nothing apart from expenses and performance bonuses. In the case of Prost, those bonuses, coming from a cash strapped team, appear to confirm that their sponsorship deals are paying the team, at least in part, on a performance basis. Jordan will contest the case and the lawyers will win.
As well as facing the legal action from Frentzen, Jordan still had to decide on the identity of the second driver to join Giancarlo Fisichella in the team. They held an option on the services of Jean Alesi but they gave a prolonged and detailed test run to F3000 star Justin Wilson. That run included well over a race distance and also the opportunity to set times. He was just half a second off Alesi's pace. While Alesi had performed creditably for Jordan since he joined the team in the second part of the season, the team would remember that they had never had a good long term experience with a an established driver.
Meanwhile, Prost were having to factor in the increasing prospect that they coiuld not count on the services of Luciano Burti in 2002. Burti expressed a strong desire to drive but was clearly not certain about whether or not he wanted to continue to drive in F1.
Meanwhile, over at Suaber, former McLaren test driver Nick Heidfeld was sitting in the sulky corner because his team mate Kimi Raikkonen had won the McLaren drive as replacement for Mika Hakkinen. Nick's big problem was that McLaren had got the hang of spelling Finnish family names (repeat the k, go steady with the n0 and they were afraid that their admin systems couldn't handle Germanic names.
|The whole 2001 season||All the races and the behind the scenes games|
|United States GP at Indianapolis September 30th 2001||Which engine goes where?|
|United States GP at Indianapolis September 30th 2001||Business and politics|
|United States GP at Indianapolis September 30th 2001||Teams and personnel|
|United States GP at Indianapolis September 30th 2001||Circuit news|
|United States GP at Indianapolis September 30th 2001||Setting the scene|
|United States GP at Indianapolis September 30th 2001||Practice and qualifying|
|United States GP at Indianapolis September 30th 2001||The starting grid|
|United States GP at Indianapolis September 30th 2001||Race report|
|United States GP at Indianapolis September 30th 2001||Results|
|United States GP at Indianapolis September 30th 2001||Championship standings after the race|