Irish businessman, television personality and former motorsport team owner, Eddie Jordan, is confident that he can revive Scuderia Ferrari after years of disappointment and frustration for the devoted Tifosi.
Having not won a Formula 1 Drivers’ championship for 15 years and lacking any Constructors’ silverware since 2008, the Maranello team is the epitome of a “sleeping giant.”
Frederic Vasseur is the most recent Scuderia manager attempting to restore the Maranello team’s past glory and success, but Eddie Jordan, who served as a team principal for over a decade after founding Jordan Grand Prix in 1991, believes he is the right person to turn things around.
In a recent episode of the Formula For Success podcast, Eddie Jordan expressed his intention to draw inspiration from the Michael Schumacher blueprint for success, aiming to lay strong foundations necessary to create a winning culture within the Italian side
“If I was the boss there, I would create, without doubt, something in the way that Michael [Schumacher] created. He brought in Rory Byrne, he brought in Pat Symonds and there was Jean Todt, and they were the nucleus. I’m saying to Ferrari, you have absolutely, in my opinion, have slightly got the pecking order wrong.” – the Irish businessman explained.
“You have brilliant guys on the perch, brilliant engineers who are able to design great engines, design great cars, but it’s the finer details to making that race car into a winning car. That’s the difference. And I think you need people who have gone through the formulas for karting, Formula Three, because what’s happening is they are appointing people who don’t have the inner knowledge, the experience and recall rate that they can think about, ‘what did I do in Formula Three, when that happened? What did I do there?’ They are making silly mistakes that are affecting the team. I’m sorry, I’d be really quite brutal if I was in Ferrari, but I big-headedly think that I would actually turn it around a bit.” – the former motorsport team owner added.
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During his discussion, Eddie Jordan raised concerns about Scuderia Ferrari’s extended lunch breaks, considering them as part of their broader philosophy. Additionally, he proposed that the Scuderia should consider relocating away from their current Maranello base and instead concentrate on operating from the UK once more.
“I think just Ferrari is the one that jumps out at you. They are just not performing to the level or the expectation that people either want them to do, or that people know that they can do. And they’re a brilliant outfit, but they’re different. They stopped for lunch for an hour and a half, just the whole philosophy of the place is…don’t get me on my high horse! Remember how they got very good. They got very good when John Barnard designed the car for them. But it was designed and made in Britain, most of the car 90% of the car was made in England, and they need to start thinking about going back to that method.” – Eddie Jordan concluded.