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  Monday, 30 September, 2002, 09:18 GMT 10:18 UK
Jordan fears for F1
Rubens Barrichello takes the chequered flag at Indianapolis
Barrichello had trailed Schumacher for the entire race
Eddie Jordan believes Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello's staged finish to the United States Grand Prix has damaged efforts to win over fans to the sport.

Barrichello took victory at Indianapolis by 0.01 seconds as Schumacher slowed down before the line in an attempt to engineer a dead heat.

Schumacher said after the race it was pay-back for the Austrian Grand Prix in May, when Barrichello was ordered to move over to hand his team-mate the win.


People want to see real competition fought to the last ounce
Eddie Jordan

But Jordan, whose two drivers both finished outside the points, believes fans will be drawn to other sports if they believe they are not going to see real racing.

"After Austria, this isn't very clever, is it?" said Jordan after the race.

"It is a very, very financially hostile market at the moment and there were other sports on TV today, one where golf made a huge impact on everyone throughout the globe by hard fighting.

"People want to see real competition fought to the last ounce.

"That is what happened in golf, I understand it happened in the Superbike race, and people are not going to turn on a Formula One race when they know the end is going to be decided other than by true racing.


I think it reflects the fact that the senior people at Ferrari think that Ferrari is more important than motor racing
Williams technical director Patrick Head

"If Ferrari have that advantage like they had, people at least deserve to see a race."

Schumacher's romp to the title has led to a steady decline in television ratings, with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone warning last week that the sport had become too predictable.

Jordan was sceptical about Schumacher's attempt to cross the line at exactly the same time as Barrichello.

"How can you have a dead heat? In modern technology when one thousandth of a second is possible, dead heats are gone out with Roy Rogers, The Lone Ranger, the War of the Roses and all that stuff.

"There is no such thing as dead heats in anything any more, timing is too accurate with beams and lasers and stuff. Michael isn't that good yet," said Jordan.

Williams technical director Patrick Head suggested Ferrari had got their priorities wrong.

"I think it reflects the fact that the senior people at Ferrari think that Ferrari is more important than motor racing and they think that finishing races that way reflects better on Ferrari," he said.

"But they don't seem to have an opinion of what it does for motor racing."

Ferrari's sporting director Jean Todt defended the team.

"There were no team orders. The only thing that was said was that after the second pitstop there would be no more fight," he said.

"It would be very presumptuous and not humble at all to say that we are controlling everything. We are not controlling everything.

"We try to, we do our best but we don't want to fight against each other if its not in the interests of the company."

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