Jordan stunned by hate mail

Team boss Eddie Jordan has revealed he became the subject of a hate mail campaign because he decided not to sign Jos Verstappen. Jordan announced Giorgio Pantano as race driver in February after talks with Verstappen's management broke down. Since...

Team boss Eddie Jordan has revealed he became the subject of a hate mail campaign because he decided not to sign Jos Verstappen. Jordan announced Giorgio Pantano as race driver in February after talks with Verstappen's management broke down. Since then, what was initially a trickle of emails and letters sent to the team expanded to a flood of angry and threatening messages.

"I have been absolutely stunned by the menace and vitriol these messages have contained," said Jordan, according to the Sun newspaper. "At first I shrugged them off but they became stronger and stronger and I feel it's time speak out and make the comments public."

"It's become really unpleasant to think there are people in this world who could even think of sending these dreadful messages just because I didn't sign a driver. I've never known anything like it in the 30-odd years I've been involved in motor racing."

"Since I signed Pantano, I've received hundreds of e-mails ranging from wishing me and my family dead to the team going broke. I hope the hate mail ends. Verstappen's management have said they are trying to calm the situation."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jos Verstappen , Giorgio Pantano , Eddie Jordan
Teams Jordan