Looks like Pantano's Jordan's other.

02-07-2004, 03:31 PM
Jordan close to finalising a deal with Pantano
Britain will have to be satisfied with having just two drivers on the Melbourne grid in a month's time because it looks as if F1's final seat for 2004 won't be filled with a British driver. Instead it's going to Italian Giorgio Pantano.

Jordan were thought to have put Britain's Ralph Firman and Allan McNish at the top of the list of candidates when Jos Verstappen pulled out of the running. The Dutchman announced on Thursday that he had given up on Jordan, the only team with a seat still available, as they were unable to come to 'a mutual agreement on all contractual matters'.

This, together with a statement from Jordan saying that British tobacco company Benson & Hedges would be extending their sponsorship deal, led many to suggest that Firman and McNish were the two favourites to partner Nick Heidfeld.

However, according to the BBC Radio Five Live, Jordan are close to finalising a deal with Pantano that will see him claim the last seat for 2004.

Pantano's credentials include victory in the 2000 German F3 Championship, runner-up in 2002's Formula 3000 and third in last year's Championship. He has tested for an F1 team on two occasions in the past, first with Benetton in 2000 and then with Williams in 2002.

02-14-2004, 02:13 AM
Pantano was confirmed at Jordan. So all the seats are now taken.

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