Ron Dennis called him the “village idiot” and on days like today it’s not hard to see why. Never one to shy away from an opinion (or just open his mouth and say the first thing that comes to mind), Eddie Jordan is running his own F1 silly season perpetuating more rumours about Mercedes’ future in the sport.

It all started during the Russian Grand Prix when the former F1 team boss and Channel 4 television pundit suggested the Silver Arrows would quit the sport after next year.

Although Mercedes F1 Executive Director Toto Wolff dismissed the claims, Jordan repeated them at last weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix and took it another step further by suggesting that sponsors UBS and Petronas will leave at the end of the season.

Wolff was quick to respond, vehemently denying the latest sensational commentary from the 69-year-old.

“I am ready for any banter with Eddie, but for me I stop laughing when it is about making jokes on the back of 1500 employees that care about their future,” he fumed.

“I said it in an interview with him that it is too serious for me, we are not leaving F1, none of our sponsors are leaving F1 and we are pretty happy with where we are. He should just stop putting these rumours – fake news – out in the world.”

Mercedes’ current Formula 1 contract runs until the end of 2020.

Image via Sky Sports F1

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