‘They Dealt Very Badly With Me’ – Jordan Unimpressed With Michael Schumacher’s Benetton Move

Published 02/11/2021, 7:00 AM EST
SILVERSTONE – Jordan boss Eddie Jordan during the FIA press conference for the Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, England. (Photo by: Mark Thompson/Getty Images.)

A young Michael Schumacher made his debut with the iconic Jordan team back in 1991 at the Belgian Grand Prix. He stepped for Bertrand Gachot, who had been sentenced to 18 months in prison. However, due to some reasons, he moved to Benetton just after one race with the Jordan team.


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The rest is history since then, Schumacher set a record of seven World Championship and left his mark on the F1 grid, as a legend. However, his then-team boss. Eddie Jordan thinks differently of the German’s time in F1.

MANAMA, BAHRAIN – APRIL 04: Motorsport / Formel 1: GP von Bahrain 2004, Manama; Michael SCHUMACHER (GER) / Ferrari gewinnt den Grand Prix (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Michael Schumacher not to be blamed: Jordan


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Mercedes had agreed to pay 150,000 euros to let Schumacher drive for the team, and Jordan agreed. However, the final contract hadn’t been signed, and the German went on to Benetton for the following race.

However, Jordan doesn’t have any bad blood with the German and thinks that Schumacher wasn’t to be blamed. In an interview with This Sporting Life, Jordan said, “It wasn’t a question of liking or disliking.

“I didn’t dislike him if that’s what you mean, I felt the way he handled it was very poor, but I do believe that was AMG particularly, who were his management.

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – Former Team Principal Eddie Jordan is seen following practice for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“I thought they were – I don’t want to say too much because it was a long time in the past and I don’t want to seem bitter–but they dealt very badly with me.

“How they handled it and how they connived to change the wording of a contract, which revolved around one word–‘the’ contract and ‘a’ contract–I thought that was shoddy. I thought that was sharp practice.”

He concluded, “I still do. I would never want to do it and I would never want to trust somebody who would do that sort of thing.”

The Schumacher name returns to the grid


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Schumacher’s son, Mick, will make his debut in Formula One in 2021. He would be driving in Haas and is also part of the Ferrari driver’s academy and is sure to follow in his father’s footsteps and achieving greatness on the track.

MONTE CARLO, MONACO – 2019/05/26: Mick Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari in the Paddock during the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The season starts in Bahrain on March 28. The fans would be eagerly waiting for an F1 legend’s son to zipping around the track again, trying to duplicate what his father did many years ago. Can Mick live up to his surname on the grid?


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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.