Jordan: Weak Mercedes leadership to blame for Hamilton/Rosberg in-fighting

Jordan: Weak Mercedes leadership to blame for Hamilton/Rosberg in-fighting

Former Formula 1 team owner Eddie Jordan says the current ‘weak and inexperienced’ Mercedes management is to blame for the recent in-fighting between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

The Mercedes team-mates were involved in a controversial collision early in the Belgian Grand Prix that left Rosberg with a damaged front wing and saw Hamilton suffer a puncture before eventually retiring from the race.

Following the race the Englishman claimed to the media that his team-mate had admitted in a post-race debrief to causing the contact to ‘prove a point’, a turn of events that Rosberg has publicly denied.

According to Jordan the current Mercedes management is to blame for the break down in discipline which led to the pairs clash, an incident he insists would not have occurred had former team principal Ross Brawn, who left the team at the end of 2013, still been in charge.

“I blame the team,” Jordan told TalkSport. “They say they let the drivers race but they don’t because at Hungary, the previous race, Rosberg was told he could pass Hamilton, Hamilton was told to let him go and he didn’t let him go.

“How can you say you don’t have team orders but you actually do? It’s a nonsense.

“I remember when Ross Brawn said to Rosberg in Malaysia last year ‘no, you cannot pass Lewis’. If Ross was there in that team it would be a different show. They would have finished first and second.

“It’s weak,” he added. “The guys there are really good guys, but they don’t have the experience and they don’t have Ross Brawn and, at the moment, they are rudderless.

“They are being run by two drivers who are like spoilt kids and are doing what they want to do.”

Image courtesy of Mercedes AMG PETRONAS

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock is an FIA accredited freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist and the Grand Prix Editor of Richland F1. Dan joined the site in July 2013 as a Staff Writer, fresh off the back of completing a master’s degree in journalism. Following a promotion, Dan has since gone on to represent Richland F1 at four grands prix. Aside from Richland F1, Dan also writes for Rumble Strip News, as well as maintaining his own modest blog.