Jordan driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen is expecting great things from the team this season, but admits that it has taken setbacks on both sides for each to be challenging for success together.

The German was a part of Jordan's fledgling F3000 operation at the beginning of the decade, and opted to try his luck elsewhere instead of seeing out the season. Having raced sportscars for Mercedes and tried his hand in the FNippon series in Japan, Frentzen eventually made it to Formula One after his former employer.

The team suffered financial problems after original backer 7-Up withdrew, and Frentzen had a troubled two year spell at Williams, before the pair teamed up again in 1999. The German took two wins that season, adding to Jordan's maiden victory in 1998, and the combination now looks to be the main competition for pace-setters McLaren and Ferrari.

"Nearly ten years ago, I was the wrong man for Eddie," Frentzen confirmed, "but, before the start of 1999, I realised we had both changed. Eddie has learned to survive in Formula One, and I have learned that too. EJ and I are united by the fact that we've both had setbacks in our careers but, ultimately, our career paths have constantly moved upwards - usually when people have least expected it!"

Jordan backed up his driver's claims by saying that he - and team-mate Jarno Trulli - both had the chance to take regular podium finishes in 2000, as the team seeks to topple McLaren and Ferrari from the top two positions.

"We have progressed from sixth to third in five years," Jordan said, "and our aim is to maintain this upward progression. We want to give the two teams above us a run for their money!"



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