Jordan & Minardi not equals says Dennis

McLaren boss Ron Dennis claims that Jordan and Minardi should not be treated as equals when it comes to financial help, and Jordan deserves more as the team has been in Formula One longer. Much has been talked about in the way of how smaller teams...

McLaren boss Ron Dennis claims that Jordan and Minardi should not be treated as equals when it comes to financial help, and Jordan deserves more as the team has been in Formula One longer. Much has been talked about in the way of how smaller teams can be assisted, Jordan, Minardi and Sauber being the three privateers currently. Both Jordan and Minardi have been publicly struggling with financial problems but Dennis believes the two teams should not be judged on the same level.

"In support of Jordan, I do not believe that these teams should be looked at as comparable, because there is no comparison," he said. "Jordan have a long established history of competing in grand prix racing. They are led by a colourful, aggressive individual who has finely honed skills of survival."

"Whilst he (Eddie Jordan) has been known to complain to a degree, it pales into insignificance in comparison to the complaints of Paul Stoddart, who has little track record in respect of grand prix racing. So I feel strongly that whatever help is given, it should not necessarily be equal to those two teams because I don't see them as equal in their status in grand prix racing."

Not content with throwing a spanner into the works of the FIA new rules, in a joint arbitration claim with Williams, Dennis seems intent on raising hackles in the paddock. His comments are hardly likely to go down well with Minardi boss Stoddart and there is a history of friction between the two.

When Stoddart claimed Minardi should be allocated Prost's share of television revenue last year, Dennis was one of the main protagonists blocking the claim. Earlier this year Bernie Ecclestone and team bosses agreed on a reported £20million cash fund to help smaller teams but according to Stoddart, no cash has been forthcoming.

While what Dennis says about Jordan being around longer may be true, Minardi seems the team most in need of help at the moment. Having secured a deal with Bridgestone for a tyre supply in 2003, the Faenza squad now needs to find cash up front for its Cosworth engines.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Jordan , Paul Stoddart , Bernie Ecclestone
Teams Sauber , McLaren , Williams , Minardi , Jordan