Nick Heidfeld began the test programme for Jordan Ford's 2004 car, the EJ14, today [Wednesday] at Silverstone.

Weather conditions were windy and the morning's damp track gradually dried throughout the day. Heidfeld lapped the International circuit 44 times while Timo Glock clocked up 74 laps in the EJ13.

James Robinson, head of race and test engineering, said: "We launched the car successfully at its first public test today and completed a few laps in the morning. Nick had five or six runs in the afternoon and ended the day with a comparatively long run of 14 laps and carried out a number of start line simulations.

"Again it was a day with no technical problems for the new car, which is positive at this stage of the game. Timo has been running all day in the EJ13 concentrating on software work for the race programme and working on Bridgestone's tyre programme this afternoon."

Heidfeld noted: "It was another really good day because we managed to do quite a lot of laps with the new car without any technical problems. At the beginning of the day it was quite damp so I was quite happy to get some laps in dry conditions at the end of the day and get a better feel for the car. As you would expect with a new car there is work to do but overall I have a good feeling. We've made a good start."

Glock added: "The test was not bad at all. In the morning the track was quite wet and I had two small spins, but there were no big problems and afterwards we did some wet conditions set-up work. After lunch it was dry so we did aero tests and some tyre work. The car was really good and I am satisfied with today."

Both drivers continue the test programme tomorrow [Thursday].



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