S1 E5: How Jordan nearly won the 1999 F1 world championship


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In late 1999 the combination of Jordan and Heinz-Harald Frentzen was at the peak of its powers, and it so nearly pulled off a world championship upset against the might of McLaren and Ferrari. Glenn Freeman is joined by Matt Beer and Edd Straw to revisit the final few races of the season to work out how Jordan found itself in an unlikely title fight. They assess how good the Jordan 199 really was given only one driver was doing anything with it (sorry Damon!), the fragilities that were costing McLaren and Mika Hakkinen, why Eddie Irvine's form was so inconsistent following his incredible spell in the summer after Michael Schumacher broke his leg, Jordan and McLaren's opposing theories on Hakkinen's memorable Monza blunder, the lap of Frentzen's life in qualifying at the Nurburgring, how the same problem that struck Frentzen's car while he was leading that race also resulted in Pedro Diniz's terrifying roll-hoop-busting crash at the start - and a rare explanation of the trick system that was behind that mysterious glitch! We also look at why the fizz went out of Jordan's season after that Nurburgring heartbreak, and why it would never scale those heights again.
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