If Roman Abramovich went ahead with his rumoured purchase of the Jordan F1 team, he wouldn't be able to simply buy instant success, according to leading figures within the sport.

Speculation has been mounting that the wealthy Russian businessman would follow up his purchase of Premiership football club Chelsea, with a move into Formula One and Eddie Jordan's struggling outfit appeared to be the likely choice.

Abramovich's millions have seen Chelsea rise up the Premiership table to become realistic title challengers straight away, but British newspaper the Sun reports that he wouldn't be able to do the same in F1.

Paul Stoddart, owner of perennial backmarkers Minardi, told the newspaper: "Roman may have done wonders at Chelsea with his open chequebook but mountains of cash do not buy instant success in Formula One."

Stoddart also points towards the rumoured huge annual budget of the Toyota team, who entered the sport two years ago, and the BAR outfit, who failed to score a single point during their debut season despite large injections of cash, to back up his claim.

Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn agrees with the Australian: "I am sure (Abramovich) would be welcomed into Formula One with open arms because the sport is always looking for new characters," Brawn told the paper. "He'd be very disappointed if he believed money was the only way to buy success.

"Even with unlimited funds, you would spend the first year understanding what you are up against, the second fixing your weaknesses and the third trying to win races."



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