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Jordan > Heinz-Harald Frentzen

Heinz-Harald-Frentzen

Team Jordan
Date of Birth 18 May 1967
Nationality German
Car Number 11
Marital Status Married
Personal Profile  

Frentzen began his Formula1 career with Sauber, before moving to Williams after three seasons. His time with the British team was not his most successful as he found he could not get on with the impersonal atmosphere there, despite winning his maiden Grand Prix at San Marino in 1997 and finishing second in the championship the same year, when Michael Schumacher was disqualified.

In 1998 he made the podium only once with third in the first race at Melbourne. When Williams let him go, Eddie Jordan was there to slot him into the position left vacant by the discontented Ralf Schumacher. It proved an inspired decision.

In 1999 he really came into his own, as the Irish team's lead driver, Damon Hill, was experiencing a dip in performance. Frentzen took over as number one and won two Grands Prix, in France and Italy, helping the outfit secure their best ever result of third place in the constructors' league.

2000, however, was disappointing as reliability problems dogged the outfit. Two third places, in Brazil and the United States, were the best results he could manage, but car failure accounted for a number of possible good results.

The German stayed positive, and rarely admitted to the disappointment that he was feeling at being unable to challenge for the podium more often. In 2001 he is looking forward to a return in form and challenging more regularly for podium positions.

He has admitted that he is pleased that he is staying with the team, and has called Jordan "the team of the future". Reliability, he feels, is the most important factor to regain and once the car is capable of being quick and reliable he is sure he can challenge for regular podium finishes.

Career Highlights
2000 Second year with Jordan. He finishes 9th in the drivers' championship with 11 points and two third place finishes.
1999

Moved to Jordan. Two wins, in Italy and France, made this his best season in Formula1 with 3rd in the drivers title (in spite of the 2nd place he won in 1997 for Williams). Outshone team mate Hill throughout the season and scored points in more races than anyone except Irvine.

1998

Stays with Williams. Equal 7th in championship. His seventeen points were scored in seven separate races, his best effort being 3rd in Melbourne.

1997

First year with Williams. Finishes second in the Drivers' World Championship after Michael Schumacher is disqualified. Wins his maiden grand prix at San Marino.

1996

Collects seven championship points driving for Sauber-Ford and finishes 12th overall.

1995

Wins his first podium placing when he finishes third at the Italian Grand Prix with Sauber. Finishes 9th overall with 15 points.

1994 Makes his F1 debut driving for Sauber-Mercedes at the Brazilian grand prix.
1993 Competes in the Japanese Formula 3000 Championship and becomes test driver for Tyrrell Honda
1992 Finishes 13th at Le Mans before competing in three Japanese Formula Three Championship races.
1991 Competes in the International Formula 3000 Championship
1990 Finishes second at Donnington competing in the World Sports Prototype Championship. Collects three points for Jordan in the International Formula 3000 Championship.
1989 Formula Three runner-up to Karl Wendlinger in the German Championship, beating Michael Schumacher in the process.
1988 Formula Opel Lotus German Champion
1987 Competes in the Formula Ford 2000 German Championship for the second time, claiming runner-up spot.
1986 Makes his Formula Ford 2000 debut.



 
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