Wednesday May 23rd, 2001
Following a disastrous start to their Austrian Grand Prix ten days ago, where both their drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Jarno Trulli were left stranded on the grid, the Jordan team have decided to go back to the manual start system for Monaco.
For German Frentzen it was the second race in a row where he was unable to start properly, having already suffered problems with the new launch control system in Spain. Following the incident at the A1-Ring, and though the team have admitted the problem has been identified, Jordan will start without launch control at Monaco this weekend.
"The drivers carried out successful launch control starts from the pit lane exit during testing in Valencia last week," said Joint Managing Director Trevor Foster. " For the launch control system to be fully effective however, it is important to carry out practice starts at individual race circuits, which is not possible in Monaco as the pit exit is too narrow."
Four cars stalled on the grid at the A1-Ring, rising the concerns about a possible startline pile-up on the tight streets of Monaco.
"As the track is also quite narrow," Foster added, "there is not as much room for cars to manoeuvre as at other circuits, so if a car stalled on the grid it could hinder the start for cars behind in the field.'