Eddie Jordan is regretting his suggestion of increasing the point-scoring positions at each grand prix to encompass the first eight cars home, as he finds himself staring at a potential ?4million share of the annual prize fund heading to other teams.

The Irishman was the architect of the revised scoring system, which still offered ten points for victory, but then closed the gap between the top positions and extended the opportunity to score down to eighth place. As a result, however, he now sees his team ranked ninth of ten as others have benefited from the change to rack up better overall scores.

Although Jordan can still theoretically snatch fifth place in what is the closest battle in the standings, the totals accumulated by Sauber, BAR, Toyota and Jaguar, in particular, look likely to prevent that from happening - and Jordan from reaping a valuable ?4m payout after this weekend's Japanese GP. Under the old six-place scoring system, the Silverstone-based team would be heading to Suzuka in fifth spot, courtesy of Giancarlo Fisichella's Interlagos victory.

"It was my idea to have the points changed, because I felt it would give teams such as Minardi a better chance of seeing their efforts rewarded," Jordan admitted to Britain's Sun newspaper, "I thought it was a good proposal and a fairer and better way of distributing the points - and I was delighted when it was accepted.

"Now, however, I feel pretty sick. It has cost us a bucket full of dosh so I think I'll keep my clever ideas to myself in the future."

Jordan now needs both his cars in the top six this weekend to stand any chance of leap-frogging the fifth-placed Sauber team.

"We need a miracle," he admitted, "And, while our win in Brazil was magnificent, I'm not a great believer in lightning striking twice."



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