Eddie Jordan's top pick for greatest Formula 1 teammates

Former Formula 1 team owner Eddie Jordan recently crowned the Alain Prost/Ayrton Senna partnership as the pinnacle of teammate dynamics.

Acknowledging the collective effort behind F1 success, Jordan emphasized that on-track brilliance ultimately defines the most remarkable partnerships.

In a recent episode of the Formula For Success podcast with David Coulthard, Jordan delved into the intricacies of team dynamics and pinpointed the Prost-Senna duo as the pinnacle of teammate partnerships, when at McLaren-Honda in the 1988 and the 1989 seasons. According to Jordan, the brilliance of their talent and the rivalry that unfolded make them stand out among the countless partnerships in F1 history.

"I think the Prost-Senna [partnership] will probably go down as the number one because they were so brilliantly talented," Jordan expressed, acknowledging Prost's four world titles and Senna's impressive championship record. The intensity and speed displayed by both drivers created a rivalry that etched their names into the annals of Formula 1 history.

When asked about Michael Schumacher and his teammates, Jordan offered a critical perspective. He pointed to the 1999 season, where Schumacher, returning from a leg injury, failed to assist Eddie Irvine in the title race. According to Jordan, Schumacher's actions reflected a desire to prevent Ferrari from winning a championship with a driver other than himself.

"Michael did everything that he could because he didn't want Ferrari to win a championship with a driver other than him. That's what I believe and that's what Irvine believes," stated Jordan, shedding light on the complexities of Schumacher's approach to teamwork.

Reflecting on Schumacher's career, Jordan expressed discomfort with the German's approach to teamwork. Despite having skilled teammates like Massa, Barrichello, and Irvine, Jordan highlighted the perceived challenge of working alongside Schumacher.

"As you rightly say, all great wingmen, but they all knew what the score was. I never liked that I have to tell you," remarked Jordan, emphasizing the difficulty of cooperating within such a competitive team dynamic.

As the F1 community eagerly awaits the 2024 season, the Prost-Senna legacy remains firmly embedded in the sport's rich history. The Bahrain International Circuit will soon witness a new chapter unfold, as teams gear up for pre-season testing, providing fans with a glimpse of the potential contenders for the upcoming battles on the track.

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