Motor Racing: Salo can resolve Jordan problem

CRAIG POLLOCK, the chairman of British American Racing, is recommending his reserve driver, Mika Salo, as the man to take over from Damon Hill at Jordan.

If Hill retires after tomorrow's British Grand Prix, Eddie Jordan will have the task of finding a replacement before the next race, in Austria, a fortnight later. Jordan has indicated that Salo does not figure high on his list of candidates, and Nick Heidfeld, the Formula 3000 championship leader, has emerged as a contender for the job. But Pollock believes Salo, who had three races with BAR earlier this season, would prove the ideal team-mate for Heinz-Harald Frentzen.

Pollock said: "I'm sure Mika would do a good job for Jordan. They have a very good car and I think he would be able to settle in fairly quickly. He wasn't able to show his true ability with us because we're a new team, still developing the car. It was difficult for him to really get into a race weekend with us."

Salo is contracted to BAR for the rest of the season and Jordan would have to pay Pollock compensation for the Finn. "Mika is our replacement driver but I would not be unreasonable," he said.

BAR had to call up Salo as stand-in for the Brazilian Ricardo Zonta, who was injured in practise for his home race. The 23-year-old confirmed his recovery by out-qualifying his senior partner, Jacques Villeneuve, for the French Grand Prix a fortnight ago. Villeneuve's displeasure was unconfined. It was rumoured the Canadian might even want his team to dispense with the upstart and potential embarrassment.

Pollock, once Villeneuve's manager, said: "There is no way we would get rid of Ricardo but certainly Jacques was hacked off about that. If it happened many more times the toys would be out of the pram.

"That situation is great for the team. We want Jacques to be pushed. We want someone to help him get the best out of himself. In fact, Jacques is very confident about this race. He thinks he's got a genuine chance of making the podium."

BAR have been wiping the egg off their faces ever since their pre-season hype. Adrian Reynard, their chassis partner and former technical director, even talked of a debut win. They have yet to score a point and Villeneuve expressed his dismay that Reynard was not a more visible figure in the operation. As a consequence, Reynard's title has been changed to vice- chairman.

"It was a case of clarifying the situation," Pollock said. "Jacques wasn't aware of all the circumstances and now he is. As a driver, he just wants to get into the car and drive."

BAR are to join forces with Honda next season, which means Formula One is looking for a new team to take up the vacant slot that had been allocated to the Japanese manufacturer. Pollock suggests Ron Dennis, boss of McLaren, could provide a solution.

"If I was in Ron's position, with his experience and his team's expertise, I would apply to fill that 12th place," Pollock said. "McLaren have a Formula 3000 team, so why not promote them to Formula One as their second- string team? It would surely be a sound business proposition."

A business deal taking the 22-year-old Heidfeld from McLaren's Formula 3000 team to Jordan may be on Dennis's mind. Heidfeld has won three of four races this season and would relish the opportunity. McLaren and Mercedes, meanwhile, would be able to gauge his potential.

Heidfeld said: "I'd love to drive for Jordan. They're a very good team and it would be an excellent opportunity."

Jordan said: "I don't know where this suggestion came from. Perhaps it's the German link and the romantic notion. We have traditionally made surprise choices. We like to give young drivers a chance but on the other hand experience is very important. Heinz-Harald has shown that. It's a toss- up which way to go."

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Johnny Handle, Northumberland, Ted Relph, President of Lakeland Dialect Society, and Sid Calderbank, Lancashire, founder of the National Dialect Day
newsMeet the enthusiasts determined to stop them dying out
News
The data shows that the number of “unlawfully” large infant classes has doubled in the last 12 months alone
i100Mike Stuchbery, a teacher in Great Yarmouth, said he received abuse
Arts and Entertainment
The starship in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
filmsThe first glimpse of JJ Abrams' new film has been released online
Sport
Rio Ferdinand returns for QPR
sportRio Ferdinand returns from his three-game suspension today
News
The Speaker of the House will takes his turn as guest editor of the Today programme
arts + ents
Arts and Entertainment
St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross. Argyll, has remained derelict for more than 25 years
arts + ents
News
people

Watch the spoof Thanksgiving segment filmed for Live!
Sport
Billy Twelvetrees will start for England against Australia tomorrow with Owen Farrell dropping to the bench
rugbyEngland need a victory against Australia today
Arts and Entertainment
The cover of The Guest Cat – expect to see it everywhere
books
Sport
Tyson Fury poses outside the Imperial War Museum in south London ahead of his fight against Dereck Chisora
boxingAll British heavyweight clash gets underway on Saturday night
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Opilio Recruitment: QA Automation Engineer

£30k - 38k per year + Benefits: Opilio Recruitment: An award-winning consume...

Opilio Recruitment: UX & Design Specialist

£40k - 45k per year + Benefits: Opilio Recruitment: A fantastic opportunity ...

Opilio Recruitment: Publishing Application Support Analyst

£30k - 35k per year + Benefits: Opilio Recruitment: We’re currently re...

Opilio Recruitment: Digital Marketing Manager

£35k - 45k per year + benefits: Opilio Recruitment: A fantastic opportunity ...

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game