F1 costs must be pegged admits Jordan
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.