April 18th, 2002

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Jordan's "race to forget"

Jordan suffered a disappointing race in Imola when both drivers retired with mechanical problems. Takuma Sato pulled over on lap seven with his Jordan Honda EJ12 stuck in first gear. Giancarlo Fisichella, who was making up some of the places he'd lost at the start, retired on lap 20 with a loss of hydraulic pressure.

"A disappointing end to the weekend," said Sato in the press release. "I was on my fourth lap, with everything up to then working fine, when suddenly I felt a problem with the gears which left me stuck in first gear, unable to select any other gears.

"I made it back to the pits and the team tried to re-set the electrics, but the same problem re-occurred as soon as I went out so I had to pull over and retire from the race."

"I made a good start but then Heinz-Harald (Frentzen) closed the door and I went off onto the gravel and lost a lot of places," added Fisichella.

"But then I was doing my race, and had overtaken Eddie Irvine, when the car totally lost drive. It appears to have been due to a loss of hydraulic pressure, possibly the same problem that I had in qualifying yesterday."

Chief executive Eddie Jordan stated: "A race weekend to forget. We will have a post mortem about it to get to the bottom of where our problems lie. We have a big hill to climb but we have to do it - and we will do it."
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