Alonso to face title drought – Jordan

Fri, 3 November 2006, 08:52

Back to back title winner Fernando Alonso is facing at least a two-year wait for another championship challenge, Eddie Jordan said this week.

The former team owner, who sold his Silverstone-based squad at the end of the 2004 season, reckons it will take the 25-year-old Spaniard time to ‘gel’ at McLaren following four years with Renault.

“It’s a two-season job by the time Alonso gets his own people around him,” British newspaper The Times quoted the Irishman as saying.

He added: “It was exactly the same with Michael Schumacher — it was two seasons before he made any major impression with Ferrari.”

Jordan, 58, called McLaren’s winning drought in 2006 ‘very unusual’.

“I have a feeling that McLaren needs Alonso more than Alonso needs McLaren right at this moment,” he said.

Jordan’s comments follow his recent suggestion that Schumacher – far from merely deciding to retire on top – was ‘pushed out’ by Ferrari.

He added: “They’d already signed Raikkonen and it was very difficult for them to get rid of Massa.”


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