It seems that people have very short memories in Formula 1, and it would certainly seem that few are more fickle than Eddie Jordan, with the former F1 team owner turned TV pundit now praising Michael Schumacher, despite claiming he would have sacked him just a fortnight earlier.
“We saw a different Schumacher in Japan,” said the Irishman, who gave Schumacher his F1 debut in 1991, and now works as a pit lane pundit for the BBC F1 commentary team.
Schumacher’s Japanese Grand Prix was regarded by many as one of his most competitive showings in his comeback season. Despite being out-qualified by team-mate Nico Rosberg, he was much quicker than his younger compatriot in race trim en route to a sixth-placed finish.
“He couldn’t have gone on being as bad as he was in Singapore,” Jordan told Auto Motor und Sport. “It was a big improvement.
“In practice he was faster than Rosberg and that’s something we haven’t seen too often. I think he just felt comfortable. Suzuka is a brilliant drivers’ circuit, and Michael is a brilliant driver.”
Jordan added: “I think we saw something of his old self.”
As they say, you’re only as good as your last race!