The eponymous former team owner and F1 boss Eddie Jordan has joined a growing chorus of experts who think Jenson Button should quit Honda.
At an event to launch his autobiography on Thursday, the 59-year-old – who at the end of 2004 sold his Silverstone-based outfit that is today known as Spyker – predicted that Button would be doing an even “better” job than the sensational rookie Lewis Hamilton if he was at the wheel of a McLaren in 2007.
“Someone, somewhere at Honda has seriously screwed up,” Jordan told reporters for British newspapers, referring to the Japanese squad’s abysmal 2007 car, the RA107.
Briton Button’s teammate, Rubens Barrichello, meanwhile, was brought into the sport by Eddie Jordan.
“One of the saddest things is to see a couple of great drivers floundering around where they are on the grid, scrambling for points –- it’s ridiculous,” Jordan added.
He speculated that the problem at Honda’s Brackley base – and at Toyota as well – is that they lack a “real racer” at the helm.
“If I could regenerate some of the Jordan fire and have use of the Honda budget and the quality of the engine then I think I could win.
“I could be persuaded, given the resources they have,” Jordan continued.
“If I was Jenson’s manager I’d be having very hard discussions about what their plan is. He must feel terribly let down, but he must have seen it happening.
“He has to look carefully at his position,” Jordan said.