Jos Verstappen remains in the frame for a drive at Jordan this season, according to reports on his personal website, despite the fact the ultimatum he issued yesterday seemingly went 'unanswered' by team boss, Eddie Jordan.

News broke yesterday, that the Dutchman had told the Silverstone based team, that talks had been going on long enough and that now was the time to make a decision.

Verstappen's management imposed a 5pm [CET] deadline for Jordan and co to make up their minds, however as yet no official statement has been released, a spokesperson for the team telling BBC Sport Online yesterday that there were no plans to issue any statement.

"There are no plans for any announcements other than a test report," said the Jordan team, "and it is not Jordan policy to comment on possible drivers while any negotiations are taking place."

An additional statement posted on Verstappen's personal website late last night - www.verstappen.nl/uk/ - has since revealed that talks will now continue despite the deadline, and that they will now take place 'behind close doors'.

Jos' site explains: "Ultimatum or not, Jos Verstappen is a step closer to a Jordan F1 seat. Today Eddie Jordan and Jos' sponsors have had contact.

"Raymond Vermeulen [one of Verstappen's sponsors'] also has been talking to the team. He doesn't want to say much about what has been discussed or about the ultimatum."

"We continue talking with Jordan," said Vermeulen, "we need to get on line on some minor details. Further we have agreed to keep 'radio silence' from now on. That is what I will be doing. A deal is a deal."

The precise purpose of the ultimatum is therefore unclear, however with talks continuing, one thing can be assumed, that Verstappen is being taken seriously, not least because he comes with a rumoured $10 million in sponsorship.

Other drivers still thought to be in the frame for the drive, include Nick Heidfeld, Allan McNish and Ralph Firman, the latter two as a means of appeasing - and thus keeping - Benson and Hedges, who traditionally like to have a British driver.

 

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