Lewis Hamilton will be moving to Mercedes in 2013, replacing Michael Schumacher. That, is not according to me, that, is according to Eddie Jordan on the BBC Sport website. Those three words, “according to Eddie Jordan” seems enough for the majority of people to completely dispel the story.
There are two particular stories that I recall where Jordan predicted something, one turned out to be true, whilst the other was made at the wrong place, and the wrong time. The first was in the immediate aftermath of Felipe Massa’s crash at the Qualifying session for the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix. At the time his condition was unknown, and Jordan, live on air on BBC One made some fairly speculative and inaccurate comments. Jake Humphrey very quickly had to remind viewers that nothing concrete was known and that they had received no information on his condition.
The second prediction – and one more akin to the article today – concerns Michael Schumacher’s return to Mercedes following his botched return to Ferrari earlier in 2009. On November 20th, 2009, BBC put an article up on their website, which notes that Jordan believes (either himself, or he has ‘sources’ so to say within the Mercedes team) that Schumacher will return to Formula 1 with Mercedes. Interestingly, the article contains a denial from Sabine Kehm, Schumacher’s spokeswoman, who said that it is “highly unlikely – but never say never”. Just over a month later, however, the deal was confirmed.
Now, in relation to today’s story, McLaren have responded by saying “we have been told by Lewis Hamilton’s management team that the story is untrue”. Given how quick they have responded, after all the article went up less than two hours ago, it suggests that they were expecting this. Nevertheless, I’m not sure what we learn from that quote? I mean, Hamilton’s management team are not going to openly admit that the article is true, it is standard practice to slam it down, like with what Kehm did back in 2009. I’m not sure if McLaren would admit either if they expect Hamilton to exit the team, even if Hamilton’s management team say otherwise.
Either way, it is my opinion that the article put up by BBC today should not be dismissed, just because it is Eddie Jordan’s thoughts, opinions or sources. Will Hamilton join Mercedes? Time, shall tell…