British newspaper The Daily Express are reporting that former team owner Eddie Jordan could be about to make a comeback to Formula One, the Irish businessman being linked with the BBC as part of their 2009 commentary and broadcast team. The BBC have been very tight-lipped about their line-up for their 2009 return, with Martin Brundle and David Coulthard expected to take up roles amid speculation that the FIA are trying to block Brundle’s move.
Eddie Jordan hasn’t been completely away from Formula One and has attended a few races each year since he sold his Jordan team to the Midland Group in 2005. The squad has changed hands twice between then and now, and currently rests with Vijay Mallya in the guise of Force India. However, the drum-playing hero to many still retains his sense of humour, reportedly dumping a load of concrete on an entrance road to his former-factory near Silverstone earlier in the year over a dispute over land – Eddie wanted to sell it, Force India didn’t want to buy it.
A role with the BBC would be great for Eddie and I always love reading his columns and articles. Although Jordan can be outspoken at times, he manages to come across respectful and polite; a trait that many Formula One employees lack at the best of times. However, it is outspoken remarks that the FIA want to quell as much as possible.
Martin Brundle was taken to court last year over an article he wrote for the Times newspaper. A former Jordan driver himself, Martin commented that the FIA were on a witch-hunt against McLaren during the spy saga, and although the legal action was dropped, Brundle certainly didn’t endear himself with the narrow-minded and over-controlling governing body.
Duncan from vee8 wrote an excellent post earlier in the week about the apparent witch-hunt the FIA appear to have against Brundle. Although the funny thing about all this is the fact that Bernie Ecclestone once described Jordan as “the biggest thief in Formula One”. Somehow, I find that amusing. But then, whenever Eddie’s mentioned, there is nearly always something humorous in the story.