Three days after being forced to sit and watch the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Ralph Firman returned to active duty with the Jordan-Ford team as he began the first of two days' running at Silverstone.

The Briton had hoped to be back in action at Monza, but was ruled out at the last minute when he admitted to F1 doctor Sid Watkins that he had been suffering from residual vertigo as a result of his accident at the Hungaroring three weeks previously. Zsolt Baumgartner was retained by Jordan to stand-in for Firman, leading to some sources to claim that the Hungarian may become a permanent fixture at the Silverstone team.

Firman, however, was back in his EJ13 at Silverstone today, starting Jordan's final test days of the season as it prepares for the flyaway races in America and Japan. He is expected to return to the British circuit tomorrow to complete the test.



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