Not many people may know this, but Eddie Jordan gave Michael Schumacher his F1 debut. The German drove for the enigmatic Irishman’s team in 1991 at Spa. The two are old acquaintances and occasional rivals from the 90s.
So, when Michael had his life-altering accident a few years back, it saddened Jordan like the rest of the F1 community. Having not seen him in a long-time, he sought out the permission of the Schumacher clan to visit him, but was rejected.
“I have made several efforts to contact, and they have made it very clear that they don’t want contact with anybody… That is the way they have chosen they want their life. And how they are caring for Michael in these dark moments.
“He’s been ill now, as you know, seven or eight years and it’s a shocker, it really is. I don’t know what the solution to it is because of what an unbelievable great sporting talent he was.”
The former Ferrari driver and his family have always prioritized their privacy, even before the accident. His close and entrusted circle means that Jordan need not worry too much.
“But, the good thing about is that he’s got people beside him, including and particularly his wife (to take care of him).”
The Irishman can sense a talent when he sees one. He is complimentary of the ones that Michael’s son, Mick, possesses. The young German is bracing himself for a debut F1 campaign with Haas in 2021 after clinching the F2 Title last season.
While there are a few lingering questions on his true potential, Jordan has no shred of doubt in his mind.
Praising his speed on the track as well as his mannerisms off it, he said on ‘This Sporting Life’ podcast, “Of course, now Mick, his son is coming and going to be in Formula 1 next year. He’ll be quick; make no mistake about that. And seems to be a really nice man.”
Eddie Jordan and Michael Schumacher regularly butted heads during the 90s. While their relationship had its up and downs, Jordan will always hold the distinction of having given the great German his racing debut in the pinnacle of motorsports.