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Jordan: Suzuka showed a different Schumacher

Eddie Jordan praises Michael Schumacher over Suzuka performance
BBC pundit and former F1 team boss Eddie Jordan has back-tracked on his criticism of Michael Schumacher after saying that the Japanese Grand Prix was a race where fans saw 'something of his old self'.

Jordan has been an outspoken critic of Schumacher this season after he elected to come out of retirement, with the German having struggled for results with the Mercedes team.

Sixth place at Suzuka marked only the fourth time this season that Schumacher has finished inside the top six but Jordan said it was a sign that he could still do a job in F1.

That comes despite Jordan having said that the race in Singapore prior to Japan was one of the worst he had ever seen Schumacher drive.

“We saw a different Schumacher in Japan,” Jordan told Auto Motor und Sport. “He couldn't have gone on being as bad as he was in Singapore. It was a big improvement. In practice he was faster than Rosberg and that's something we haven't seen too often.

“I think he just felt comfortable. Suzuka is a brilliant drivers' circuit, and Michael is a brilliant driver. I think we saw something of his old self.”

Schumacher's sixth place finish saw him move up to ninth in the drivers' championship.

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Robsy - Unregistered

October 14, 2010 12:01 PM

Will the REAL Eddie Jordan please stand up. There seem to be three or four going round at the moment, wearing loud shirts and disagreeing with each other.

790 - Unregistered

October 14, 2010 3:17 PM

Basing a driver’s performance on race results is not always a fair assessment, in fact it’s a pretty silly correlation, and there are many, many factors to consider. However, I still find it a touch silly what people are writing about MS, Jordan in particular, and once again I’m no fan, but these guys are human like the rest of us, but just have a great talent in a specific field, and as humans we have difficulty adapting to change. Just because we “think” somebody should be up to speed immediately because of past history doesn’t necessary mean that will be true. For a true comparison of performance we would also have to remove NR from F1 for the past 3 years, otherwise it like comparing apples with oranges, after all there is no doubt that NR has an advantage as he has been part of an evolving formula, one which has changed significantly. This is not meant to take anything away from NR. Just put yourself in MS position and imagine all the new things he his going to have to overcome an

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