THE DOMINATION of Mercedes in Formula One is a ‘problem’ for the sport ahead of a familiar-looking 2021 season, says Eddie Jordan.
Lewis Hamilton is the clear favourite for a record-breaking eighth title with a team that has stood head and shoulders above its rivals for the best part of a decade.
Lewis Hamilton is the huge favourite for an eighth F1 world titleCredit: Reuters
Former team boss Eddie Jordan worries about Mercedes’ dominationCredit: Getty Images
F1 is set to enact a rule overhaul in 12 months’ time, partly as a result of Mercedes’ unchallenged supremacy.
But the year ahead is likely to look rather similar to the previous seasons that the Mercs, and 36-year-old Hamilton in particular, have dominated.
Former team boss Jordan told BBC Scotland: “The sport is in a difficult situation because no-one can put their finger on Mercedes.
“They do it better than anybody else.
“Racing Point won a race last year, that was amazing from Sergio Perez, and Max Verstappen won the last race but that shouldn’t confuse people into thinking it will be much more open.
“Mercedes have the best people and the best engine, so how can they not win the championship? That’s a problem for me.
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“It’s difficult to find the right sponsorship and you’re just not going to compete with that.”
Mercedes were on pole for all but two races in 2020 and Hamilton won the title by 124 points despite missing the Sakhir Grand Prix with coronavirus.
The Brit is the final racer to be confirmed for the new season having so far failed to agree a new contract with the German marque.
Merc boss Toto Wolff recently claimed the deal will be signed ‘soon’ – but will not be a long-term contract.
Hamilton is enjoying a winter break in the United States, where he is hiking a mountain every morning amid the negotiations.
Last week, 72-year-old Jordan told SunSport that he believes the driver wants a larger share of the television and sponsorship money he helps bring into the team.
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He explained: “Lewis is saying, ‘Look guys, this is my salary, is this what I am being paid as a driver and for various other things that go along with the interviews and other aspects?
“‘But am I being compensated for bringing in sponsors? Am I being compensated for the arrival of Ineos?
“‘Am I being compensated for the increased television income you are getting as the constructors’ champion in the form of TV money?'”