Former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan has called for calm amid anti-McLaren conspiracy theories involving Lewis Hamilton's championship challenge. The Bus Stop chicane controversy breathed new life into claims that the FIA favours Ferrari, particularly when McLaren and Hamilton are involved.
But Irishman Jordan, who left formula one after he sold his eponymous team four years ago, believes critique of F1's governing FIA does not need to be so hysterical. While admitting that Hamilton was "hard done by" to be penalised at Spa-Francorchamps earlier this month, Jordan told Setanta: “It has to be borne in mind that this is the fifth time that he's [had] some form of penalty this year and, being perfectly honest, all previous four were clear cut cases against him. If I was his team boss, I'd call him aside and say: 'Lewis, you're the best person in the car. Be very calm, be confident in your own ability but you don't need to do things you don't have to do'.”
Jordan says he does not subscribe to the anti-Hamilton conspiracy theories. “If you take the situation where he blocked somebody [in qualifying], it was clear. He paid the penalty. If you don't turn up on time, you pay the fine. In Montreal, he ran into the back of Räikkönen going through a red light, so that was clear too. We must not get carried away with 'They have it in for us'. It's the easiest form of defeat in my view. We must make sure we are not circumventing rules to make sure he wins it. He is great but he needs to take a little bit of stock now and again and bring a little bit of humility to his form,” Jordan added.