F1 costs must be pegged ad­mits Jor­dan

Daily Express - - FORMULA ONE: WORLD TITLE DECIDER - By Bill Brad­shaw Sports Ed­i­tor

ED­DIE JOR­DAN set the cat among the pi­geons when he told the Daily Ex­press that Lewis Hamil­ton should “take the wheel off” Felipe Massa’s car on Sun­day if the Brazil­ian tries to mix it on the track.

Yes­ter­day Massa spat back with venom, but it was not the only rad­i­cal of­fer­ing from the for­mer F1 team owner when I caught up with him on the set of Sky Sports’ Off the Bar show which pre­views the best of the week­end’s sport.

Jor­dan was in­vited to talk F1 on the show by pre­sen­ter Matt Lorenzo, who has cre­ated the an­ti­dote to stu­diobased sports shows full of pol­ished chrome and shiny suits. The chat is set in a pub...a real pub, The Botanist in Kew Green, west Lon­don.

Per­haps the at­mos­phere was con­ducive to a re­laxed dis­cus­sion, but Jor­dan, off cam­era, was happy to dis­cuss his thoughts for cut­ting costs in F1, some­thing of a hobby horse for FIA chief Max Mosley, who wants among other ini­tia­tives to stan­dard­ise F1 en­gines, much to Fer­rari’s dis­dain.

And he has an ally in Jor­dan, who might even be tempted to re­turn to the sport if costs were pegged – not that he agrees with all of Mosley’s ideas. “I don’t nec­es­sar­ily agree with ev­ery­thing Max says but we need to change,” says Jor­dan.

“We don’t want to see ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers with­draw. They spend many mil­lions of dol­lars and for what? Teams like Toy­ota may say, ‘We are the big­gest mo­tor man­u­fac­turer in the world, but we are not within sniff­ing dis­tance of winning’.

“Now we have a ma­jor credit crunch and teams are go­ing to ques­tion whether it’s right or healthy to be in­volved. And it can’t be healthy for only Fer­rari and McLaren to have a re­al­is­tic chance of suc­cess.”

Jor­dan’s own ver­sion of a cap would see all teams al­lowed to con­tinue to de­velop their own en­gines, mono­coque (chas­sis) and aero­dy­namic body styling.

But ev­ery­thing else, in­clud­ing gear­boxes, sus­pen­sion and brakes would be com­mon to all teams. “That would dra­mat­i­cally re­duce the costs,” says Jor­dan.

“Of course, Fer­rari and McLaren must be free to de­velop their own en­gines, it is part of the busi­ness.”

TONIGHT’S Off The Bar (6.30pm Sky Sports 1) fea­tures racing leg­end Richard Dun­woody and ap­pear­ances by Lord Coe, Lau­rence Dal­laglio and Kenny Lo­gan with Tony Gale looking at the Premier League’s week­end fix­tures.

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