Jordan agrees with FIA

Eddie Jordan has responded to the FIA World Motor Sport Council decision to fine the Ferrari team and drivers by commenting that the tough line taken on the incorrect podium procedure was justified. "The FIA World Motor Sport Council did what I...

Eddie Jordan has responded to the FIA World Motor Sport Council decision to fine the Ferrari team and drivers by commenting that the tough line taken on the incorrect podium procedure was justified.

"The FIA World Motor Sport Council did what I anticipated - to point out the obvious disappointment with regards to the way team orders were executed and then to take quite a tough line concerning the podium procedure. It's important that teams and drivers honour and respect the protocol that is required during podium ceremonies, particularly with respect to the national dignitaries."

Eddie Jordan has personal experience of using team orders to win a Grand Prix. In 1998 he imposed team orders on Ralf Schumacher during the latter stages of the Belgian Grand Prix when the young German was running in second place but threatening to overtake team mate and race leader Damon Hill.

The team was concerned that, on a damp track, Schumacher might collide with Hill causing the team to lose its chance of winning a Grand Prix for the first time. Ralf Schumacher obeyed the instruction to hold station and the team went on to become the first team in F1 history to score its maiden victory with a 1-2 finish.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Eddie Jordan , Damon Hill
Teams Ferrari , Jordan