Eddie Jordan: I would sack Schumacher
27 September 2010 – Eddie Jordan, former team boss of Michael Schumacher, has said he would dismiss the German from his squad following the performance of the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday night, in which the 7-time World Champion was involved in two incidents.
After qualifying in the top ten for the first time since Silverstone five races ago, Schumacher made up two places and was running seventh in the early stages at Marina Bay although this was followed by separate clashes with the Sauber drivers of Kamui Kobayashi and Nick Heidfeld on laps 30 and 37 of the 61-lap event.
“I’m sorry, I’m going to be controversial this time. I would sack him, he’s clearly not good enough on this performance we’ve seen today. Clear.
“He is not doing anywhere near as well as his team-mate - his team-mate is up the front. I’m sorry, it was some…and Michael may be upset with me…so be; my opinion is I didn’t think Michael did himself, or the legacy that he has, justice.
“7-times World Champion…he should not be putting his reputation and his legacy at risk by doing this kind of race. Simple.”
“I don’t think he’s ever been that good in wheel-to-wheel combat; you know, he won his championships way out front with the best car, best driver and got it all under control.
“He is often…I remember races where he just had to finish eighth or something to take a world title and he still managed to run into everything; it’s not his strongest suit but he’s really struggling, isn’t he, amongst this field to do anything kind of wheel-to-wheel action without contact.”
“Where is the upside? Is there one?” Jordan continued. “Certainly for the fans, we love him actually; he may find that sort of bizarre in my comment…look, I think he has been the quickest, possibly the most controversial but the most brilliant racing driver ever in Grand Prix racing, that’s my view, and he now admits that at 41 it’s clearly not possible to do what you could do when you were 21.
"Well, I still stand by that and I believe that the decision may be delayed until January or February because it will depend on how well Mercedes are going to design next year’s car and how good the tyres are going to be. If it’s clearly not good enough, I don’t think he’s going to do it.”
“The facts are that he’s got away with it and will get away with it for one year. I am interested in his legacy - by that I mean no-one will probably ever touch 7-times World Champion - and, as a result, if he does another year I’ve no doubt that it will be impaired, it will damage what that reputation is.
“This year, he took a very brave decision - he took on the guys, the car wasn’t good enough, he didn’t get it done. Now retire again and there will be no pain. The problem is, if he does it next year and doesn’t win he will be slaughtered, it will be terrible.”