Jordan slams Ferrari Indy finish

Eddie Jordan, eponymous boss of the Jordan F1 team and highly entertaining Irishman, has criticized Ferrari for the bizarre finish situation at the US Grand Prix. As the Scuderia again dominated the race, Michael Schumacher had the advantage over...

Eddie Jordan, eponymous boss of the Jordan F1 team and highly entertaining Irishman, has criticized Ferrari for the bizarre finish situation at the US Grand Prix. As the Scuderia again dominated the race, Michael Schumacher had the advantage over Rubens Barrichello. But aiming for the chequered flag it all went a bit confusing.

Eddie Jordan.
Photo by Jordan Grand Prix.
Michael dropped back to let Barrichello roll up for a formation finish but as the scarlet cars crossed the line Barrichello clocked as the winner -- by one hundredth of a second. But was it team orders, was it accident, was it Michael paying back Rhubino for countless other team decisions?

Dismayed boos from some of the crowd greeted the Scuderia screw-up but Michael and Barrichello later said it was not planned at all, it was a little error in judgement. The ever-verbal EJ was not impressed.

"After what happened in Austria this wasn't very clever," Jordan said. "At the moment it's financially a very hostile market and there were other sports on television today - the golf (Ryder Cup) which made a huge impact on everyone throughout the world by virtue of its hard fighting."

"People want to see competition fought right to the last ounce. That happened in the golf and I understand it was the same in the superbike race. People will not turn onto Formula One when they know the result is going to be decided by something other than true racing."

Error or not it was a moot argument, the Ferrari pair would have finished 1-2 whatever the order. But opinionated Irishmen should not be dismissed so quickly: Jordan has a very good point that Ferrari are digging their own hole and falling into it as rapidly. Whether it was by accident or design, Ferrari did not do themselves any favours.

On the subject of gobby Irishmen, who would like to be a fly on the wall at Jordan team meetings next season? If the notoriously verbal Eddie Irvine does indeed join the Jordan squad, as rumoured, two opinionated Irishmen in the same team is a situation that will no doubt provide endless entertainment!

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Eddie Jordan
Teams Ferrari , Jordan