Jordan 191

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Jordan 191
Jordan 191 - Donington Park.JPG
Category Formula One
Constructor Jordan
Designer(s) Gary Anderson
Successor 192
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Carbon fibre monocoque
Suspension (front) Double wishbone, pushrod operated dampers
Suspension (rear) Double wishbone, pushrod operated dampers
Engine Ford HBA4, 3,494 cc (213.2 cu in), 75° V8, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Jordan / Hewland 6-speed manual
Fuel BP
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Team 7UP Jordan
Notable drivers 32. Belgium Bertrand Gachot
32. Germany Michael Schumacher
32. Brazil Roberto Moreno
32. Italy Alessandro Zanardi
33. Italy Andrea de Cesaris
Debut 1991 United States Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
16 0 0 1
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Jordan 191 was the first Formula One car built by Jordan Grand Prix and participated in the 1991 Formula One season. The car was designed by a team of three staff led by chief designer Gary Anderson.[2] Five drivers took part in the sixteen round championship for the team. Andrea de Cesaris was the only one to drive the full season, despite failing to pre-qualify for the opening round of the championship in Phoenix. It was also de Cesaris who scored the team's best finish of the season, with a fourth place at both Montreal and at Mexico City. Bertrand Gachot secured his best finish of his shortened season, with a fifth place - just over 2 seconds behind de Cesaris at the finish. Gachot's season was curtailed by a two-month prison sentence, for spraying CS gas at a taxi driver in London.

Over the final six races, three drivers filled in for Gachot - Alessandro Zanardi, Roberto Moreno and Michael Schumacher. Schumacher was a revelation in his one and only race weekend for Jordan. At the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix, Schumacher qualified a superb seventh on the grid (Jordan's joint-best ever at that time), outqualifying de Cesaris who was eleventh. However, the high did not last, as the clutch failed within the first mile of the race. There followed a legal wrangle between Benetton and Jordan, with Schumacher signing for Benetton - a team with which he would later win two world championships - sending Moreno packing from Benetton and Jordan signed him up. He did two races before handing another debutant, Zanardi, his debut in the final three races. A pair of ninths were the best results that any of Gachot's replacements achieved.

In their first season, Jordan finished an impressive fifth in the championship, scoring 13 points along the way. The 191 is also considered by many to be one of the most beautiful Formula 1 cars of all time. The car won the Autosport Racing Car of the Year award for 1991.[2]

Bertrand Gachot driving the 191 at Jordan's first F1 race, the 1991 United States Grand Prix.
Painting of Michael Schumacher testing the Jordan 191


Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1991 Team 7UP Jordan Ford HBA4
V8
G USA BRA SMR MON CAN MEX FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 13 5th
Bertrand Gachot 10 13 Ret 8 5 Ret Ret 6 6 9
Michael Schumacher Ret
Roberto Moreno Ret 10
Alex Zanardi 9 Ret 9
Andrea de Cesaris DNPQ Ret Ret Ret 4 4 6 Ret 5 7 13 7 8 Ret Ret 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1991 Jordan 191 Cosworth - Images, Specifications and Information". Ultimatecarpage.com. 2002-11-05. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  2. ^ a b Saward, Joe (1 July 1991). "Gary Anderson - Eddie Jordan's other half". Grandprix.com. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Tyrrell 019
Autosport
Racing Car Of The Year

1991
Succeeded by
Williams FW14B