Nick Heidfeld and Timo Glock rounded out Jordan-Ford's first serious test since the launch of the new EJ14 at Silverstone on Wednesday, despite the best efforts of the British climate.

Heidfeld, who signed to race for the team earlier in the week, continued the test programme with the EJ14, adding 67 laps to the car's mileage in very wet conditions around Silverstone's International circuit. It was not all plain sailing (although it was literally very close at times) for the German, as the team uncovered a potential problem with the new design, but he still managed to put valuable miles on the clock.

"It was another good day, with quite a lot of laps, although we would have liked to do even more," Heidfeld reported, "While it was dry when we started this morning, unfortunately it was wet for most of the day, with the worst conditions at lunchtime, when there were a lot of puddles and aquaplaning.

"The car stopped on the circuit twice, both times with the same problem, which I think can be sorted out quite easily. We are making quite big developments with the car and I'm looking forward to more testing in Jerez, hopefully in dry conditions."

Glock, asked to return and conduct further testing after an impressive run in Spain last week, completed 35 laps at the wheel of the older EJ13.

"It was a mixed day for the EJ14 programme, mainly thanks to the inclement weather," commented head of race and test engineering James Robinson, "We uncovered a potential reliability problem with the car, and it's always good to find these things at an early stage in the car's life. Despite that, we still achieved 67 laps including a long run at the end of the day with no major problems.

"Timo's schedule for the day focused on a dry Bridgestone tyre programme, which unfortunately we couldn't complete due to the weather. The fact that his car required an engine change during the day also resulted in limited track time this afternoon."

Heidfeld will resume the EJ14 test programme in Spain on 10 February, when he will begin a four-day test session. No word has been received of a possible team-mate for the German, but it is feasible that a name will be revealed prior to the test.

 

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