F1 » Jordan: 'Fib' started Schumacher career


Eddie Jordan reveals the little white lie that saw Michael Schumacher make his debut at Spa back in 1991

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richard

August 25, 2011 4:09 PM

seems that there is going to be a bit of a spat between ej and schumi! schumi says ej was a skinflint, and ej saying that schumi lied! theres only one way to settle this....FIIIIIGHT!

but ej seems to forget that he was paid by merc to allow schumi to drive, and schumi was a handy driver anyway!

Calvin _

August 25, 2011 4:27 PM
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Oh come on EJ, who hasn't told a little white one in their life? I'm pretty certain that EJ has told many, especially to get sponsorship for his team.

He really needs to get over himself.

Yirmin Snipe - Unregistered

August 25, 2011 4:36 PM

To imagine MS would lie or cheat? Surely you jest.... why there never was an option 13... he didn't stop his car in the middle of the track at Monaco.... those things never happened.

Taipan

August 25, 2011 4:38 PM

Christ Eddie this must be the 300th time that you've told this story, not trying to cash in on Schumacher's fame much are you?

According to Schumacher, EJ actually asked Willi Webber if Michael had raced at Spa and Webber said yes, because he just assumed that he must have done at some point.

I wonder if EJ would be good enough to tell us how much a clutch for a Jordan 191 would have cost, less than 150 grand I'm guessing...

Pingley - Unregistered

August 25, 2011 5:17 PM

I was at the Silverstone test on the old South circuit when Michael drove an F1 car (the Jordan) for the very first time. I was working for Pirelli at the time and we were testing with Tyrrell and Rupert Manwaring, their manager had a new multi driver timing device he was also testing out for the first time. The short story is Michael was absolutley awesome! He broke the lap record on his first flying lap and through the short chicane he made the other guys look average. He was obviously a HUGE talent and went on to demonstrate his skills post Jordan and poor old EJ not being able to afford a new clutch for the boy.

andrew.

August 25, 2011 5:46 PM

And Eddie Jordan was stupid enough to believe the little white lie. Then Jordan didn't even bother to have a driver that was clearly good on any sort of legally binding contract. I am convinced that Eddie Jordan is one of the biggest fools to ever manage an F1 team.

racer_warren - Unregistered

August 25, 2011 6:36 PM

I believe that Eddie made Michael sign a letter agreeing that he (Michael) would sign a contract after the Spa race. He did, with Benetton of course. So Eddie was probably a bit niaive, to give him the benefit of the doubt!

Rod711 - Unregistered

August 25, 2011 6:54 PM

Hey. Eddie said he asked Schumacher if he had been to Spa before. Michael didn't lie. He had been there as a spectator.

There's been other variations of the story such as Eddie asked Schumacher if he had been around Spa before. Michael said he had, just didn't tell him it was on a bicycle.

Regardless, It started a great career. However it kind of dampens Eddie as an owner when Schumacher says the clutch was junk in the morning warm up and the team, in so many words, said "Oh well."

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