Schumacher “intentionally lied” before his “sensational” debut – Jordan

Former F1 boss Eddie Jordan has revealed how Michael Schumacher “intentionally lied” to him in order to secure his debut 30 years ago.

Schumacher has been drafted into the team for the Belgian Grand Prix after a regular driver Bertrand Gachot was imprisoned after an altercation with a taxi driver in London.

Asked by the F1 Nation podcast about when he realized Schumacher was special in 1991, Jordan explained: “When we arrived at Spa, we encountered eight members of the sheriff’s community of cops.

“They confiscated the truck and locked it up until we paid what someone said we owed them money.

“What people don’t realize is that Michael didn’t run much on Friday at all, so I had no idea how great he was until almost qualifying.

“He lied to me on purpose. To be very fair, that was the way Michael was. I asked him directly, as I would any other driver…When I asked him if he’d been to the spa before, he said yes. But he didn’t. He races there, so he misled me – probably the way you said.

“So when he qualified seventh the first time in his first year for a junior team, it was very exciting.”

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Schumacher joined the sport from Sauber Mercedes’ Group C sports car programme, where he competed alongside future Formula 1 drivers Heinz-Harold Frenzen and Karl Wendlinger.

The German qualified seven tenths faster than fellow veteran Andrea de Cesares and Jordan added: “We had Andrea de Cesares, who for me was a really talented driver.

“Yes, he used to crash a lot, but not with me. He was a great guy and the reason I used him was because I was familiar with him since his days in Formula 3.

“I have to say in Michael’s days, he was there just because he had money from Mercedes, and Jordan was desperate, desperate for money at the time, which is why he got to drive.”

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