Jordan: F1's manufacturer teams have "too much control"

Former team boss Eddie Jordan believes Formula 1 chiefs should do more to help protect the independent teams.

Against the backdrop of concerns that the influence of the manufacturers in F1 is too significant and is holding back much-needed change, FIA president Jean Todt and commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone have been given a mandate to potentially overhaul grand prix racing.

And Jordan, who delivered race wins with his own private outfit, thinks that more needs to be done to ensure that the needs of smaller outfits are taken into consideration.

“I don't like what is going on,” said Jordan on stage at the Autosport Awards. “I think, with due respect to Mercedes and Ferrari, they have got far too much control.

“Give the control back to the people who love the independent teams because that is the lifeblood of our sport.”

He added: “Bernie Ecclestone, with Brabham and all the things that he did, whether he is loved or hated, I promise you, he knows how to run a grand prix series and a season.

“No disrespect to those great manufacturers, but they do come and go – and it is the independent teams, the likes of Williams, they are our sport. In ten years' time, it is the independent teams that will bring us back.”

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