Jordan: Mercedes rudderless without Brawn
28 August 2014 – If Ross Brawn was still in charge at Mercedes, the collision between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix would not have happened. That is the view of former team boss Eddie Jordan.
Rosberg clipped the rear of Hamilton's car on the second lap of last weekend's race at Spa-Francorchamps, giving the Briton a puncture that would lead to retirement and hurting his own efforts with front wing damage.
Jordan, whose team ran for more than a decade, feels that Mercedes is lacking a consistent approach after Brawn's exit, with Toto Wolff (Business) and Paddy Lowe (Technical) stepping up to take on the responsibilities.
"I blame the team," Jordan explained during an interview with TalkSPORT. "They say they let the drivers race but they don't because at Hungary Rosberg was told he could pass Hamilton, Hamilton was told to let him go and he didn't let him go. How can you say you don't have team orders but you actually do? It's a nonsense."
Jordan referred to Brawn's actions at last year's Malaysian Grand Prix, when he repeatedly ordered Rosberg to hold station behind third-placed Hamilton and ensure maximum points, albeit with both men running out of fuel.
"I remember when Ross said to Rosberg in Malaysia last year 'no, you cannot pass Lewis'," Jordan said. "If Ross was there in that team it would be a different show. They would have finished first and second [in Belgium]."
Jordan says Rosberg and Hamilton are being given too much leeway in their respective quests for title glory.
"It's weak. The guys there are really good guys, but they don't have the experience and they don't have Ross and, at the moment, they are rudderless," he added. "They are being run by two drivers who are like spoilt kids."