Former Formula One boss Eddie Jordan blasts Bernie Ecclestone and Nelson Piquet
Former Formula 1 team boss Eddie Jordan has criticized Bernie Ecclestone for comments that he would ‘take a bullet’ for Vladimir Putin and said Nelson Piquet’s apology for using an N-word slur in connection with Lewis Hamilton ‘doesn’t come to mind’.
Jordan described Ecclestone’s comments as “indefensible” and “unacceptable” after defending the Russian president as a “first-class person” despite his invasion of Ukraine.
The ex-F1 owner, 91, then doubled down on the wildly controversial comments before also defending Piquet’s use of the N-word bizarrely – claiming the term was ‘the same’ as calling someone fat.
But ahead of today’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Mr Jordan said: NL News“I’m pretty sure Bernie didn’t quite understand what he said or what he asked him – I’m not trying to defend him because it’s indefensible. You cannot defend such an answer.
“Bernie, who I’m a big supporter of – I was shocked. I was shocked and I was so disappointed because when you see the pain and the conflict that is going on with people, their own people in Russia, and also what is happening in Ukraine, it was incredible for Bernie to say.
‘And it’s excusable. I don’t know how you got back from there, and I’m sure Bernie is so upset about what he said because I’m sure he didn’t mean it the way it was said.
Jordan described Ecclestone’s comments as ‘indefensible’ and ‘unacceptable’ in an interview ahead of the British Grand Prix
Piquet was banned from Silverstone earlier this week after using a racially offensive phrase in Portuguese to describe Hamilton during an interview in his home country
“Nevertheless, he is responsible for his own actions and he knows this has been said, and it is unacceptable and deeply wrong for him in the position he was in.”
Jordan also condemned Piquet’s statements to seven-time world champion Hamilton.
Piquet was banned from Silverstone earlier this week after using a racially offensive phrase in Portuguese to describe Hamilton during an interview in his home country.
The retired three-time world champion apologized and insisted the word he used had been mistranslated, before it was revealed that he had called him the N-word again.
Jordan added: “It’s shocking for him to say, there was no need for him to say such a thing no matter what he thought.
‘And his apology. I’m sorry, it just won’t turn up.
“And I think Lewis took this to heart because here is a man who has been embraced by the sport.
“He was a great champion, but nevertheless this is totally unacceptable in any walk of life by any personality, no matter who it is.”
Max Verstappen, who led Hamilton to the world title last year, was also criticized after defending Piquet’s comments.
The current world champion, who is in a relationship with Piquet’s daughter, said the furore had been “blown out of proportion”. He was then received with booing and cheering during the Grand Prix weekend.
British Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes-AMG Petronas ahead of the Formula 1 Great Britain Grand Prix at Silverstone
However, Hamilton has said he does not approve of racers, of whom hundreds of thousands are in attendance, and boos the Dutch driver.
Jordan said drivers want to keep politics out of the sport, adding: “But he’s right, isn’t he, because whether you like it or not, you watch any sporting event, be it Wimbledon, or the Open.” Championship in golf. , whether it’s motorsport, there’s a feeling among the competitors, you know, forget the politics.
“Let’s try to do what we do best, which is sportsmanship, and let’s be very clear about what Lewis has done, not only for himself, but also for his family.
“Car racing in Britain, around the world, he is revered. He is a seven-time world champion and his voice must and must be heard…
“Let’s respect him for that, however that happened. He is the world champion, let’s respect him.’