After failing to score points in the 14 grands prix he drove for Jordan this year, Italian Giorgio Pantano has been dropped from the team and will be replaced by test driver Timo Glock this weekend.
After failing to score points in the 14 grands prix he drove for Jordan this year, Italian Giorgio Pantano has been dropped from the team and will be replaced by test driver Timo Glock for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix and the rest of the season.
Glock has been promoted from the role of test driver to race driver, while the team has signed F3000 star Robert Doornbos as the team’s third driver for the remaining races.
“It has been a pleasure working with Giorgio this year however contractual issues have made this unavoidable and we wish him every success in the future," team boss Eddie Jordan said. "Timo’s performance throughout the season as our third driver in testing and free practice has been first-class particularly when he stood in and raced in Canada. I am confident that in this unexpected call-up he will do a good job for Jordan again. In Shanghai he will be in the same boat as everyone else as the circuit is new for all the drivers.”
Glock has participated in team test sessions and Friday free practice at every Grand Prix so far this season. He raced in the Canadian Grand Prix and scored two points in his F1 race debut.
Doornbos, with three F3000 podium positions and a victory at Spa Francorchamps to his credit this year, said: "To get this chance with Jordan is fantastic and although I will drive on circuits I have never visited, I’m grabbing the opportunity with both hands and looking forward to my first F1 drive.”