Thursday August 16th, 2001
Eddie Jordan has admitted he feels sorry for Heinz-Harald Frentzen after the Irishman sacked the German driver only days before his home Grand Prix at the Hockenheim circuit.
34-year old Frentzen was forced to leave the Silverstone-based team following a dispute with team boss Jordan, being initially replaced by Brazilian Ricardo Zonta in Germany and by Frenchman Jean Alesi for the remainder of the season.
Now Jordan has expressed his sympathy for Frentzen, who has been the most successful driver for the team.
"I am sorry for Heinz, because he is the one who has won the most races for us," Jordan told L'Equipe. "I love him very much, but the team is more important than the individual. As a team owner I could not do things differently."
However, Jordan has dismissed claims from Frentzen that he was fired by fax only four days before the German Grand Prix.
"To say he was dismissed by fax four days before Hockenheim is totally false," he added. "I was surprised, because I had decided not to do him any harm before his home Grand Prix. Even if the problems were still the same, I wanted to give him another chance."
Frentzen has taken Alesi's seat at the Prost team for the five remaining races of the year and will make his debut with the French outfit this weekend in Hungary.
Published at 12:11:36 GMT