NOVEMBER 28, 2000

Frentzen optimistic about the future

HEINZ-HARALD FRENTZEN is predicting a more successful year for Jordan in 2001 and is hoping that the team's new Honda engine will offer more victories rather than finishes.

Last year was a huge disappointment for the German, as well as Jordan, who had high hopes of challenging Ferrari and McLaren in championship honors. The team collected just 17 championship points and finished sixth in the constructors' championship in 2000.

Frentzen admits that the constant reliability problems with the EJ10 engine affected the team but is hoping that the new package will prove to be a success next year.

Frentzen said: "We had fundamental problems with this year that we never really managed to get on top of despite going well on odd occasions.

"We will not be testing the new car until sometime in the back half of January. If the package is a good one, Jordan should be back in the hunt for wins and not just finishes."