Eddie Jordan has suggested Formula 1's conspiracy theorists take a more objective viewpoint of the penalties handed out to Lewis Hamilton and McLaren-Mercedes this year, and urged the world championship leader to show 'a little bit of humility' as the 2008 title showdown closes in.
Many have been quick to jump on the bandwagon claiming the sport's governing body, the FIA, is biased towards Ferrari, in the wake of McLaren's failure this week to have its argument against Hamilton's Belgian Grand Prix demotion heard by the International Court of Appeal. Former team owner Jordan, however, has called for a calmer appraisal of the situation.
The Irishman – who sold his eponymous outfit to Midland F1 in early 2005, having entered the top flight back in 1991 and achieved four grand prix triumphs, two pole positions and two fastest laps from 250 starts – agreed that Hamilton had been 'hard done by' to lose his Spa-Francorchamps victory, but insisted there is no plot to deny either the Stevenage-born ace or his Woking-based team world championship glory.
“It has to be borne in mind that this is the fifth time that he's had some form of penalty this year and, being perfectly honest, all previous four were clear-cut cases against him,” the 60-year-old told Irish broadcaster Setanta
“If you take the situation where he blocked somebody in qualifying, it was clear. He paid the penalty. If you don't turn up on time, you pay the fine. In Montreal, he ran into the back of [Kimi] Raikkonen going through a red light, so that was clear too.
“If I was his team boss, I'd call him aside and say 'Lewis, you're the best person in the car – be very calm, be confident in your own ability but you don't need to do things you don't have to do'.
“We must not get carried away with 'They have it in for us'. It's the easiest form of defeat in my view. We must make sure we are not circumventing rules to make sure he wins it.
“He is great, but he needs to take a little bit of stock now and again and bring a little bit of humility to his form.”
Mark Webber, meanwhile, has revealed that further debate resulting from Hamilton's chicane-cutting controversy in the Ardennes will take place in Singapore this weekend during a meeting of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA) – of which the British star is not a member – as it is reported that some drivers are still unhappy about the clarity of the situation.
The GPDA has been lobbying for years to get all run-off areas asphalted over in the name of safety, but that has had the knock-on effect that drivers are now able to cut chicanes and rejoin the circuit without losing a great deal of time – indeed, on occasion, even gain time.