Jordan designer Mike Gascoyne has revealed that the new EJ10 chassis is merely an evolution of last year's 199, despite looking different to the naked eye.

According to the man behind the design, the new car will help to maintain Jordan's position in the top three of grands prix's pecking order, but without reverting to revolutionary parts or trick technology.

"We are going to start where we finished last year," Gascoyne said, "Air will be thin at the top, but we are going to have a better car. We haven't used it to its fullest potential yet, but there seems to be nothing wrong with it."

The Mugen-Honda powerplant, too, is a derivative of the engine which powered Heinz-Harald Frentzen to two wins last season but, according to Mugen's Hirotoshi Honda, contains only the best bits of that unit.

Team boss Eddie Jordan keeps the same belief in holding on to the best parts of a successful season, ensuring that lead driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen went nowhere over the winter. The German has been paired with rising star Jarno Trulli for 2000, and is determined to beat the Italian just as he did Damon Hill last year.

"I think he was on a mission to prove his critics wrong," said Jordan of his team leader, "and you can't believe how happy I am to have Heinz-Harald in this team - he is a joy to work with.

"I don't think Jarno will be a pushover, though. He's going to push Heinz, without doubt, and we need two strong drivers who are going to push one another. McLaren have two good drivers in David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen, and they will be hard to beat, but we aim to give the two teams above us a run for their money this year.

"People have accused me of not being a serious operator - and that used to hurt," Jordan continued, "The truth is that I am very serious about racing and competing, but I also believe that life is for living to the full. When I look at our history - from Formula Ford to our impressive results in Formula One - I feel very proud. The question is: how far can we go?"