Eddie Jordan has called on McLaren to publicly explain why Lewis Hamilton was brought in for a third pit-stop during Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix, ultimately costing the young Brit the world championship.

Though Hamilton went briefly off-piste on the race's opening lap - and later lost a further 30 seconds with a gearbox glitch - he would still have been on course to lift the laurels had he only made two stops, like the majority of the opposition. Unfathomably to many, however, he was short-fuelled at his second pit visit on lap 36 and consequently had to pit again on lap 56, just 15 laps from the chequered flag and shattering his world title dreams.

"There's a lot of furore about what happened in the race," former team owner Jordan said during a BBC interview. "I really am at a loss to understand; the team has to come out and say why it needed to make that third pit-stop, because without it he would have won the championship. That's the question that everybody wants to ask."

The Irishman also added fuel to all the recent conspiracy fires by evoking the likely reaction had what happened to the Englishman during the race instead befallen his team-mate Fernando Alonso, following the Spaniard's post-qualifying outburst in Shanghai that he was not receiving equal treatment or equipment within the team.

"Put the boot on the other foot," Jordan continued. "If what happened to Hamilton had happened to Alonso, the whole world would be in uproar saying 'sabotage' because the gearbox malfunctioned for 30 seconds and then righted itself. Of course there are second systems on these cars and they're able to do that electronically, but in my opinion the team has to stand up and say what happened about the tyres in China and what happened about the third pit-stop in Brazil. If you were an independent observer you would say that Hamilton has been hard done by."

Jordan was, though, effusive about the impact the 22-year-old has had on the sport during his spectacular maiden campaign in the top flight, claiming Lewis had reinvigorated grand prix racing following the soporific effect of the 'Schumacher Years'.

"I think if you look at the figures that were watching the race on TV - and not just in Britain but throughout the world - what Hamilton has done is revitalise the sport when some people suggested it was boring after the Michael Schumacher era," he asserted. "Nobody talks about Michael Schumacher anymore. Hamilton is the darling; he has made the sport exciting again and brought Formula 1 to the pinnacle."

 

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