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Schumacher "deliberately lied" ahead of "sensational" F1 debut - Jordan

Schumacher "deliberately lied" ahead of "sensational" F1 debut - Jordan

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Schumacher "deliberately lied" ahead of "sensational" F1 debut - Jordan

Schumacher "deliberately lied" ahead of "sensational" F1 debut - Jordan

Former F1 team boss Eddie Jordan has revealed how Michael Schumacher "deliberately lied" to him in order to secure his debut 30 years ago.

Schumacher was drafted into the team for the Belgian Grand Prix after regular driver Bertrand Gachot was jailed following an altercation with a London taxi driver.

Asked by the F1 Nation podcast as to when he realised Schumacher was special in 1991, Jordan explained: "When we arrived at Spa, we were confronted by eight members of the bailiff society which were policemen.

"They confiscated the truck, locked it up until we paid what somebody had decreed that we owed them the money.

"What people don't realise is that Michael didn't actually get much of any running on the Friday whatsoever, so I didn't have a clue how good he was until almost qualifying.

"He had deliberately lied to me. To be very fair, that was the way Michael was. I asked him straight up, as I would any other driver... when I asked him had he been to Spa before, he said yes. But he hadn't raced there, so he misled me - possibly the way I said it.

"So when he qualified seventh the first time in the first year of a rookie team, that was quite sensational."

Jordan was "desperate" for Schumacher-Mercedes money

Schumacher joined the sport from the Sauber Mercedes' Group C sportscar programme, where he competed alongside future F1 drivers Heinz-Harold Frentzen and Karl Wendlinger.

The German qualified seven-tenths faster than his veteran team-mate Andrea de Cesaris and Jordan added: "We had Andrea de Cesaris, who for me was really a talented driver.

"Yes, he used to crash a lot, but not with me. He was a fantastic guy and the reason I hired him was I was so familiar with him from his F3 days.

"I have to say that in the days of Michael, he was there purely because he had money from Mercedes and Jordan were desperate, desperate for money at the time and that's why he got the drive."

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Symanski

Then he sold him and financed Jordan for years...

The talent was obvious. But he was also a clean driver. Problem with the UK media was they looked to find any excuse to pillar Schumacher, so he became very guarded in what he'd say or do.

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Then he sold him and financed Jordan for years...

The talent was obvious. But he was also a clean driver. Problem with the UK media was they looked to find any excuse to pillar Schumacher, so he became very guarded in what he'd say or do.

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Mr Symanski, were you alive when Schumacher was racing? What you write would indicate you weren't.

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Bob, I very much was alive. Schumacher wasn't pushing other drivers off the track every race. He's panicked a couple of times, but who wouldn't? But he doesn't spend all his time like Verstappen or Alonso letting the other driver avoid the accident.

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"He's panicked a couple of times, but who wouldn't?" ​

lol, sorry made me laugh, maybe lost in translation.

"couple of times"

Its a long list.

1991 430 km of Nürburgring

1994 cheating scandal

1995 Brazilian Grand Prix

1998 Canadian Grand Prix

1998 British Grand Prix

2006 Monaco Grand Prix

2010 Monaco Grand Prix

2010 Hungarian Grand Prix

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Yep! Plus of course 2 title-deciding races, 1994 Australia when he took out Damon Hill and 1997 when he tried to take out Jacques Villeneuve. One title won and won lost by 'panicking a couple of times'!

Most World Champions push the boundaries and often go too far. For me Schumacher went much too far much too often and his legacy has been completely spoiled because of it.

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"Yep! Plus of course 2 title-deciding races, 1994 Australia when he took out Damon Hill and 1997"

I was laughing so much i forgot the important ones Hehe.

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oh my goodness....and you call this news? that has been known for at least 25 years ! have you nothing better to report?

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