Eddie Jordan is one of the most high profile pundits in the sport of Formula One having raced in his younger years, owned his own Formula 1 team, and proven his expertise in a TV analyst role in recent years.
Jordan was a successful kart racer in his mid-twenties and won the Irish Kart Championship in 1971. He worked his way up from Formula Ford in 1974, to Formula Three the following year and then made the move to Formula Two in 1979. He also took part in testing for the McLaren Formula 1 team, but a number of accidents meant that he decided to quit racing and turn to management.
In 1980 he founded Eddie Jordan Racing and over the next decade brought some of the sport’s most famous faces through the junior class ranks, handing drives to the likes of Ayrton Senna, Damon Hill, Martin Brundle and Johnny Herbert.
Inspired by the success of his junior drivers, Eddie established Jordan Grand Prix in 1990 and entered Formula 1, handed future seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher his Formula 1 debut. Rubens Barrichello secured the team’s first pole position and podium in 1994 and at the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix, Damon Hill and Ralf Schumacher’s first and second place finish made history, as Jordan Grand Prix became the first team in the sport to win its maiden Formula 1 race with a 1-2.
In 1999 Heinz-Harald Frentzen won the French and Italian GPs for Jordan and finished third in the World Championship. The team also won the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2003 with Giancarlo Fisichella and it remains one of only five current teams to have won multiple Grands Prix in the past 25 years.
Eddie sold Jordan Grand Prix to the Midland Group in 2005, however, since then he has become a permanent fixture of Formula 1 broadcasting coverage. His excitable personality and straight-talking attitude made him a popular part of the BBC team for seven years.