Timo Glock began Jordan Ford's first test of 2004 today [Tuesday] in cold, dry conditions at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, completing 53 laps with a quickest lap time of 1 minute 19.622 seconds at his first visit to the circuit and first outing in a Formula One car.

James Robinson, head of race and test engineering explained: "We had a good start to the day but during the morning we lost a small amount of track time to a misfire which was eventually pinned down to electrical problems, costing us about an hour.

"Dominic [Harlow] and Timo [Glock] pushed on with programme and completed 44 laps in the morning and during lunch we made a number of changes in our test plan fitting development parts for EJ14."

"We began the afternoon programme testing these items, however a trip into the gravel curtailed running for a time. Timo resumed testing duties some time after and finished the day with a number of runs on new tyres, his fastest lap time of 1m 19.62s demonstrates a pretty good effort."

On his first F1 drive, Glock noted: "It was an unbelievably great experience for me to drive a Formula One car here in Barcelona. The power and brakes are really strong compared to anything I have driven and the aerodynamics are obviously a big step up from F3 - you can drive through corners faster and brake later. It's my dream to race in F1 and I hope I can drive an F1 car again soon. Testing is the first step so we'll see what happens."

Team boss Eddie Jordan added: "For Timo Glock's first time in a Formula One car, to do over 50 laps of a Grand Prix circuit at the pace he did was very impressive. It would be nice to see if he can build on this."

Bas Leinders will continue the test for the Silverstone based team tomorrow [Wednesday].