1991 was the debut season for Jordan Grand Prix. Team’s first cat, the 191, was designed by Gary Anderson and was powered by Ford HBA3 3.5-litre V8 engine. Anderson, who had previously worked for Reynard and had designed that manufacturer’s F3000 cars, built a nice looking car with a raised nose and a drooping rear diffuser. The team’s drivers for the inaugural season were experienced Andrea de Cesaris and Belgian Bertrand Gachot. The 191 was consisted runner which allowed de Cesaris and Gachot regularly score small points. At Hungaroring Gachot even managed to set fastest race lap. After the Hungarian race, 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 Belgian – Michael Schumacher, Roberto Moreno and Alessandro Zanardi. Schumacher at Belgian Grand Prix, his first F1 appearance and only race for Jordan, qualified a superb seventh on the grid (Jordan’s best at that time). However, the clutch failed within the first mile of the race. As to Bertrand Gachot, he was very interesting character considering himself as a citizen of Europe. Born in Luxembourg in a family of French European Commission official and a German mother, he raced initially under Belgian FIA Super License despite carrying a French passport. From the 1992 season onwards he changed to a French license. In his helmet design Gachot featured the European flag – the circle of yellow stars on a blue background.
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