Speaking at the Grand Prix Party in London on the 12th of February, team principal Eddie Jordan aired his opinions on topics ranging from his passion for playing the drums to other members of the F1 paddock. The Irishman is well known for his...
Speaking at the Grand Prix Party in London on the 12th of February, team principal Eddie Jordan aired his opinions on topics ranging from his passion for playing the drums to other members of the F1 paddock. The Irishman is well known for his antics behind a drumkit when not running the Jordan Grand Prix team.
“ Any doctor will tell you that playing, or even just listening to music is very therapeutic and so I love to go and thrash the hell out of a drum kit and because there is a lot of stress and tension to get rid of from F1!” He remarked.
Jordan expects Michael Schumacher to again be the man to beat on track, although there could be a few unexpected developments: "Michael Schumacher is clearly the guy to beat, and he will probably be as impressive this year as he was last, but there are a few young drivers who are ready to burst onto the scene, and could cause a few surprises.”
Giancarlo Fisichella returns to Jordan GP this season -- he drove for the team in 1997 -- swapping seats with fellow Italian Jarno Trulli, who moved to Renault. Jordan naturally thinks he got the better outcome of the swap.“ Flavio (Briatore) will say he got the best deal out of our exchange, but of course I’ll say we did." He said.“ Giancarlo will be very impressive this year; he’s had a couple of really tough seasons and it’s time he got the equipment to show how good he really is.”
Jordan GP will launch the new EJ12 in Brussels on February 22nd and winter testing has seen the car looking good but Jordan is cautious about how it will measure up to their rivals on the grid, saying:“ I honestly don’t know where we will be compared to our rivals. Most likely we’ll be fighting with BAR, and Sauber, although Renault are looking very strong and Toyota are as yet an unknown quantity that could progress very strongly during the season.”
Despite having once been a racing driver of some repute, Jordan has no intention of trying out the EJ12 -- unlike Jaguar boss Niki Lauda's recent efforts behind the wheel of the R3.“ I wouldn’t even dare to get into an F1 car in my sleep! I like Niki because he has achieved some outstanding things and he is truly an amazing guy; but we still ripped into him big-time at the last team chiefs meeting!” He joked.
Team chiefs may have their moments of banter but there have been suggestions that Jordan has some kind of grudge towards BAR because of them sharing an engine supplier. He denies he has any problem with either ex-boss Craig Pollock or new man David Richards.
"Craig was a very good businessman, but he didn’t have the experience of all the earlier Formulae." He explained. "I came through Formula 3, and then F3000, and have seen exactly what it takes to be in Formula One and been through some really tough times with debts and so on; maybe that has made me a harder person but I’ve become stronger from it. I don’t dislike David, despite what many of you journalists have written. David is a good guy; we used to have bases at Silverstone next door to each other in the early years and our families have grown up together since they are of a similar age, although I’m not sure I could manage to do everything with the Rally and now with BAR like David is doing, but if anyone can do it, it’s him.”
It has been rumoured that Richards' Prodrive will take over BAR when tobacco sponsorship becomes a thing of the past in 2006 and Jordan does not want an increased investment from Honda in his team: he believes the decision to acquire equity investment from bank Warburg Pincus in 1998 was a better idea.
“ We went the financial route to secure our future with the equity investment from Warburg Pincus. This way we wouldn’t have to bow to the will of any larger car manufacturer who could try to use the team in certain ways. I believe this gives us better security and investment.”