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.
||Second year with Jordan. He finishes
9th in the drivers' championship with 11 points and two third place finishes.
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
with Williams. Equal 7th in championship. His seventeen points were scored in seven
separate races, his best effort being 3rd in Melbourne.
year with Williams. Finishes second in the Drivers' World Championship after Michael
Schumacher is disqualified. Wins his maiden grand prix at San Marino.
seven championship points driving for Sauber-Ford and finishes 12th overall.
his first podium placing when he finishes third at the Italian Grand Prix with Sauber.
Finishes 9th overall with 15 points.
||Makes his F1 debut driving for
Sauber-Mercedes at the Brazilian grand prix.
||Competes in the Japanese Formula 3000
Championship and becomes test driver for Tyrrell Honda
||Finishes 13th at Le Mans before
competing in three Japanese Formula Three Championship races.
||Competes in the International Formula
||Finishes second at Donnington
competing in the World Sports Prototype Championship. Collects three points for Jordan in
the International Formula 3000 Championship.
||Formula Three runner-up to Karl
Wendlinger in the German Championship, beating Michael Schumacher in the process.
||Formula Opel Lotus German Champion
||Competes in the Formula Ford 2000
German Championship for the second time, claiming runner-up spot.
||Makes his Formula Ford 2000 debut.