Podcast Saturday: Show me the money – Spa, Schumacher, Gachot and Eddie Jordan

Spa-Francorchamps – What is there not to like about this iconic Belgium circuit? It is fast, has famous corners, unpredictable weather and it draws in F1 fans from all over Europe. But most of all it has history. Famous races, controversy, memorable moments and more.

This week, on Podcast Saturday, we look back 30 years and the now famous debut of future Formula One champion, Michael Schumacher, with the Jordan F1 Team.

How he got the sea and what happened after the Belgium F1 Grand Prix is a great story, full of characters, twist and turns, back-room deals and money.

First we bring you a podcast from F1 Nation in which Tom Clarkson and Damon Hill preview this weekend’s Belgium Grand Prix.

Eddie Jordan is the guest on this week’s show and he gives us his version of how the Mercedes backed driver, Michael Schumacher, came to make his F1 debut in one of his cars, the dealing that went on and the money Eddie Jordan made, allowing his team to complete their first Formula One season.

There is always two versions of a good story.

The second podcast this week is from Beyond the Grid, featuring the French driver, Bertrand Gachot. His F1 season driving for Eddie Jordan’s team came to an abrupt halt with his prison sentence, just before the 1991 Belgium Grand Prix, earned for an altercation with a taxi driver in London. This sequence of events led to the F1 debut of Michael Schumacher.

Gachot givers his version of what happened, his take on Eddie Jordan’s dealings and life after prison!

It’s a great story and now part of the great history surrounding the legendary Spa circuit.

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits talkmotorsport.co.nz. He writes for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!


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