When F1’s most popular underdog finally dropped off the grid

When F1’s most popular underdog finally dropped off the grid

Throughout the 1990s, Eddie Jordan’s eponymous squad went from the struggles of mearly trying to survive to becoming World Championship challengers, providing some iconic Formula 1 moments.

After all, it was in Jordan’s first year of 1991 that a young Mercedes sportscar ace from Kerpen by the name of M.Schumacher was handed his debut in Belgium after Bertrand Gachot began a spell for GBH on a London taxi driver in HMP Brixton.

By the next race in Italy, Schumacher was at Benneton as Jordan wondered what had hit him, with Ron Dennis proudly welcoming the Irishman to “the Piranha Club.”

In 1998, Damon Hill won the iconic Belgian Grand Prix after the first lap chaos and the famous Schumacher crash with David Coulthard in horrendous conditions, and the next year, Heinz-Harold Frentzen – the driver who replaced World Champion Hill at Williams for 1997 – challenged for the world title.

Finishing third after falling just short during the run-in, Jordan GP never truly recovered from the effort as results dropped off.

There was the fortuitous win in the 2003 Brazilian GP with Giancarlo Fisichella winning in an EJ13 that only took 13 points all season, 10 of which were through that win.

Come 2005, and Jordan had sold up to Russian businessman Alex Schnaider who ran the team as Jordan in 2005, picking up a final podium through Tiago Montiero in the famous six-car US GP at Indianapolis.

By 2006, the team had been renamed as Midland F1 Racing, but by season’s end Spyker was the name above the door which lasted only for 2007.

In 2008, it was renamed again to Force India until 2018, then Racing Point until the 2020 season before morphing into what is today Aston Martin.


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