Not one to hold back, Eddie Jordan shares his view on the current stalemate between seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team. Due to his extensive ties within the paddock, Jordan is often the first to break several stories like when INEOS bought a minority stake in the Mercedes F1. In a conversation with F1 Insider, the former team owner discusses his ties to the sport and the current situation between both driver and team.
"I have great resources that I can rely on 100 percent and I have common sense. I am still very close to the people in the paddock, I also regularly call Bernie Ecclestone and many others," said Jordan. The Irishman also goes on to discuss the ongoing contract saga between the Briton and Mercedes.
"Apparently the two sides don't come to an agreement when it comes to the terms of the contract. What I've heard is that Lewis wants more than Mercedes is willing to pay. It's also about sharing in the profits and a possible influential role in the Mercedes group,” says Jordan, who goes to explain how he would have handled the ongoing situation.
"If I were Daimler's boss, I would throw him out. Either you ride for our team on our terms, or you get out. I would also tell him what Bernie Ecclestone said after Ayrton Senna's death. Even though Bernie was shocked and sad like everyone else, he was the first to regain his composure and said to us ‘now stop whining – everyone is replaceable’. Lewis should know that by now.”