Jordan Grand Prix has announced today that Benson & Hedges will be a major sponsor of the Jordan Ford team in the 2004 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Manufactured in the UK by Gallaher Group PLC, the Benson and Hedges brand has been associated with Jordan Grand Prix since 1996 when it became the team's title sponsor.

Since then it has enjoyed considerable success in Formula One with Benson and Hedges Jordan winning its first Grand Prix with a one-two for Damon Hill and Ralf Schumacher in Belgium in 1998; Heinz-Harald Frentzen added a further two victories the following season in France and Italy and a fourth win was included in the tally in Brazil 2003 with Giancarlo Fisichella.

Eddie Jordan, chief executive of Jordan Grand Prix said: "The whole team is delighted that Benson and Hedges will be with us for a ninth consecutive season.

"Benson and Hedges have been an integral part of our success in the past and they have shown remarkable loyalty to us. I'm proud that we will be racing once again in their distinctive yellow colours and we're looking forward to the season with excitement."