|Heinz Harold leaves Arrows!
||[02 Aug 2002|12:06pm]
The Arrows Formula One™ racing team and driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen announced today (Friday) that they have agreed to bring their contractual relationship to an end with immediate effect.
Frentzen's decision to leave follows the team's recent troubles, which saw them fail to qualify for last month's French Grand Prix. The identity of his replacement is yet to be revealed, as are the German driver's future plans.
Arrows team boss Tom Walkinshaw said of the decision: "Heinz told us that due to the uncertainty at Arrows, he wished to stand down and we did not want to stand in his way. I'd like to wish him all the best and thank him for the hard work he put in at Arrows."
Frentzen, added: "I'd like to thank the team for the 12 races I have had with them. The team definitely has real potential so I hope they can sort their problems out and realise their goals. I wish every one of them all the best for the future."
Arrows added that the driver who will partner Enrique Bernoldi from the Hungarian Grand Prix onwards will be announced in due course.
For Frentzen, the move marks yet another chapter in what has been an eventful couple of seasons. Last year he missed the Canadian Grand Prix following an accident at the previous round in Monaco. He was then dramatically dropped by Jordan just ahead of his home Grand Prix.
He was back on the grid for the Hungarian race with Prost and completed the season with them, before the French team went into administration early in 2002. Then less than a month before the start of the new season, it was confirmed that Frentzen would take Jos Verstappen's seat at Arrows.
His season with the team started badly when he was disqualified from the opening round in Melbourne for leaving the pits under a red light. However, he went on score their only points of the season to date, with sixth places in Spain and Monaco. He also made the top ten on the grid in Barcelona, Arrows' best qualifying result of the year so far.
Following Arrows' failure to qualify in Frentzen in France, Jordan had asked him to stand in for the side-lined Giancarlo Fisichella. However, contractual difficulties ultimately prevented this happening.
H-HF has also been linked with Toyota and most recentaly Saubar as they have been looking for a suitable replacement for Massa.