Sunday 25 February 2018

Eddie Jordan: Michael Schumacher's skiing accident is a 'major shock'

Eddie Jordan
Eddie Jordan
Joyce Fegan

Joyce Fegan

Michael Schumacher's former boss Eddie Jordan said he didn't ski during his racing career in case he'd break a bone.

Talking to BBC radio the Irish entrepreneur said it was a “major shock” to hear about Schumacher's accident.

“All his life in Formula One he brought a new level of fitness, he was always very careful,” Jordan said.

“He was a staunch supporter of safety in Formula One and then you hear about this accident skiing off piste, yeah sure he had a helmet but all our thoughts are thinking about him and wishing him well.

Jordan was responsible for bringing Schumacher into the sport after he spotted him racing in Germany in Formula 3. He started racing with the Jordan Team in Formula One in 1991.

“He was one of the legends of our sport and he did a lot for road safety, behind the crust he was a remarkable man but he's a bit of a daredevil let's be clear,” the sporting pundit said.

Shumacher visited Ireland in 2004 for a road safety event being held in Dublin Castle.

The Irish former Formula One boss said that “during his (Schumacher's) racing time he didn't ski because he didn't want to break any bones. He was one of these strict disciplinarians and we are surprised it should happen in this manner.”

Jordan said that he wouldn't want to be anyone else if he found himself in this “unfortunate position.”

“You'd want to be him on this occasion - he has the ability to pull out of every dark and grim situation,” he added.

Irish Independent

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