“All racing drivers are full of crap”– Former F1 team owner’s take on F1 drivers’ psychology while citing experience with Jean Alesi

Tanish Chachra
|Published 31/08/2021

“All racing drivers are full of crap”– Former F1 team boss Eddie Jordan talks about how the psychology of drivers works in the sport.

Former F1 team Jordan’s boss Eddie Jordan talks about the pivotal role a driver’s mental state plays in their performance while competing in a race.

Jordan also cited an experience with Jean Alesi, who obtained a 0.5 second quicker result when Jordan apparently lied to him about the setup of his car.

“When we were stuck and I didn’t have enough money to have enough engineers, I used to be given the job to engineer,” Jordan explained on the F1 Nation Podcast.

“I’d always dive into the cockpit put my head around a guy in the middle of Formula 3 qualifying. I remember Jean Alessi doing the Formula 3 French Grand Prix in [Paul] Ricard.

“I said, ‘look, I’ve just put another half-inch on the roll bar in the back, and I’ve just put another couple of pounds with the two in or whatever it was, you will absolutely crunch it’.

“I did absolutely nothing, never changed a thing, and he went down half a second quicker. I’m trying to say, ‘what is the matter with these guys, they’re just head bangers’; all they need is their head stroking.

“All racing drivers are full of crap, and we know that because it’s just mind over matter. What happens in a crash when you lose the front wing? They go quickly. It’s a fact of life.

“People adapt and adjust to the given set of circumstances. But when they come in, they’re all full of data this and data that. Racing drivers, I can’t cope with them.”

F1 drivers are fragile.

Jordan then claimed that F1 drivers, like other sportspersons, are fragile characters, and they need some talking before they can unleash their potential.

“Racing drivers generally are fragile characters, like most sportspeople,” said Jordan. “They need things and certain things said to them and spoken to them about how they can find that extra bit of confidence, but it works.

“Anyone who believes that psychology does not play a fairly significant role in any sport as crackers. It does and it certainly does in Formula 1.”

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Tanish Chachra

Tanish Chachra

Tanish Chachra is the Motorsport editor at The SportsRush. He saw his first race when F1 visited India in 2011, and since then, his romance with the sport has been seasonal until he took up this role in 2020. Reigniting F1's coverage on this site, Tanish has fallen in love with the sport all over again. He loves Kimi Raikkonen and sees a future world champion in Oscar Piastri. Away from us, he loves to snuggle inside his books.

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